Representatives from more than 100 graduate, medical, law and business schools will visit Franklin & Marshall College next week to meet with students and alumni at the 2012 Graduate & Professional School Fair.
Hosted by the Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development, the event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Mayser Gymnasium. F&M students and alumni will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with school representatives, learn about a variety of programs and gain insights about life in graduate school.
Among the schools in attendance will be the Harvard University Divinity School and Graduate School of Education, Yale University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government, Columbia University Teachers College, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Georgetown University Biomedical Graduate Programs.
The complete list of participating schools is available online. Students are encouraged to pre-register online through F&M's DipLink, F&M's new resource for job and internship research, although all students may attend regardless of whether they have pre-registered.
Approximately 200 students attended last year's fair. Christian Hartranft '12, post-graduate fellow in the Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development, said the fair is an excellent opportunity for students to learn more about schools than can be gleaned from websites and brochures.
"This is a chance for students to learn about graduate school directly from school representatives," said Hartranft, who worked with Student Development Adviser Lori Greenawalt to organize the event. "This fair brings the grad schools to the students. Younger students can see what's out there, and upperclassmen can meet with schools they're interested in applying to."
The Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development is organizing the fair in association with the Central Pennsylvania Consortium, a partnership that facilitates mutual support among students, faculty members and administrators at F&M, Dickinson College and Gettysburg College. Most schools represented at F&M's fair on Oct. 24 also will appear at similar fairs at Dickinson and Gettysburg Oct. 23.