Many graduate schools offer visitation events.  These events may be paid for by the institution and offer a variety of services to assist students in applying for graduate programs.

Campus Visitations and Application Preparation

  • Columbia University EngAGE – Engineering Achievers in Graduate Education (EngAGE) prepares students to purse degrees in Columbia University’s engineering and applied sciences Ph.D. programs. Students meet faculty and students; tour the campus and research facilities; and attend workshops that will prepare them for the graduate school application process.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology FOCUS Program – Participants receive application and funding information, visit classrooms and research labs in their interest areas and talk with current students and faculty. FOCUS provides travel, accommodations and meal costs for all participants.
  • Howard University Atlantic Coast Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (AC-SBE) Alliance – Howard University, the University of Florida, the University of Maryland at College Park, the University of Miami, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have established the AC-SBE Alliance to provide participants interested in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences the opportunity to visit research centers and graduate departments. Participants also have opportunities to network; learn about the admission process and various funding opportunities, and experience life at these universities.
  • Indiana University “Getting You into IU” Campus Visit – Students from a wide range of disciplines participate in sessions on preparing competitive applications for graduate admission and fellowships; individual and group meetings with IU faculty; attend classes; tour departments and research facilities; and meet with current graduate students.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology – CONVERGE  –Participants attend CONVERGE, a four-day graduate school preview weekend on the MIT campus during the fall. Students learn about MIT’s graduate programs, tour facilities, interact and network with faculty and current students. All expenses (travel, hotel, meals) are paid.
  • North Carolina State University Visit NC State Program – Participants interact with faculty in their respective disciplines, network with students, tour facilities on campus, and learn about the graduate school application process. All expenses (travel, hotel, meals) are paid.
  • Purdue University Graduate School Exposition — The Big Ten+ Graduate School Exposition is specifically designed for those interested in graduate study in the fields of Engineering, Mathematics, Science, Technology and related disciplines. Students from all institutions are encouraged to attend, and travel scholarships are available!
  • Rensselaer Diversity in Graduate Studies Visitation Program – Rensselaer’s Office of Graduate Admissions has developed the Diversity in Graduate Studies (DIGS) program. The DIGS program is designed to offer prospective Ph.D. applicants from populations underrepresented in STEM and related fields, a chance visit our campus at no cost prior to submitting an application for graduate study. DIGS applicants should complete a Graduate Student Visit Form and submit the required materials noted on the form.
  • Tufts University, Prospective Graduate School Days – Tufts University holds the “Prospective Graduate School Days” every odd year in the Boston Metro area. It is for academically vetted students on the graduate schools track. Room and board are completely covered by Tufts University.  We have hosted Ronald. E. McNair programs and students over the last several year.
  • UC Berkeley – Berkeley Engineering Preview Day  –  Participants attend a three-day event where they are informed about the engineering doctoral programs at UC Berkeley, interact with faculty, attend graduate school preparation workshops, tour the campus, and learn about other engineering opportunities.  All travel, housing, and meals are provided.
  • UC Berkeley EDGE Conference – The Berkeley Edge Conference is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students who are competitively eligible for our Ph.D. programs to plan to apply to UC Berkeley. Approximately thirty students are chosen from the applications submitted.
  • University of Chicago – Preview Day for Discover UChicago – The University of Chicago is offering talented individuals an expenses-paid opportunity to explore graduate education in the various programs UChicago has to offer. The experience will include workshops, informal socials and research presentations by world-renowned faculty and their graduate students.
  • University of Colorado Boulder – Colorado Advantage Graduate Preview Weekend  – Students, recent graduates, or masters students should apply to the event if they are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in a STEM field. Students participate in tours of the campus and research labs, and attend workshops about the graduate school application process. Travel and housing will be provided.
  • University of Florida’s Campus Visitation Program – Participants meet with faculty; tour campus and Gainesville; talk with current graduate students; attend workshops on succeeding in graduate school; and apply for admission. Office of Graduate Minority Programs pays hotel costs, some meals and partial travel expenses.
  • University of Georgia Future Scholars Visitation Program – Participants visit campus and their departments of interest. The Graduate School pays for participants lodging and most meals. Up to $100 reimbursed travel expenses (including airline, shuttle and/or mileage). Participants receive an application fee waiver.
  • University of Michigan Engineering Graduate Symposium – Participants tour departments and research labs, interacting with faculty, staff, and current graduate students. Attendees participate in workshops about admissions and funding; and attend presentations and poster sessions by current graduate students. Event includes lunch and refreshments. Travel Grants are available.
  • University of Michigan Recruitment Events for Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS) –  We have activities and workshops on applying and attending graduate school at U-M, one-on-one and group interactions with faculty from our PhD programs. Additionally, networking with current graduate students and peers from across the country, and finally a tour of campus, facilities, and the city of Ann Arbor. Visit expenses including travel, lodging, and on-campus meals will be covered.
  • University of Minnesota – Preview Day for Biomedical Sciences Scholars –The Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs Preview Weekend is an all-expense paid unique visit to the University of Minnesota campus for prospective graduate students planning to enroll in a PhD program. Those attending the Preview will meet with faculty of their choosing, meet with graduate students and tour the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Postbaccalaureate, Masters, undergraduate and working students are eligible to apply.
  • University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs Diversity Days – Diversity Days are a two-day program coordinated to expose students who are historically underrepresented in higher education to master’s programs at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Selected participants will have the opportunity to meet with faculty, current students, and alumni as well as experience the life of the Humphrey School and the Twin Cities metro area. Travel grants are available to participants who live further than 200 miles away.
  • University of Missouri Emerge Life Science Campus Visitation Program – Prospective graduate students from under-represented groups interested life science and in applying to the University of Missouri participate in UM’s campus visitation program, Tigerview. All costs of the weekend (travel, lodging, meals, and all scheduled activities) are paid by the MU Graduate School.
  • University of Rochester’s Graduate Visitation Program  – Students who are accepted into the program will fly to Rochester, tour the University and their chosen department, meet students, faculty, and administrators, tour the city and attend workshops and events, including a talk by Graduate School admissions guru Don Asher!
  • University of Southern California Engineering Preview Day– Preview Day is the Viterbi School’s graduate open house event for students interested in pursuing their Master’s degree at one of the top ranked graduate engineering institutions in the nation. We request that attendees have earned or are candidates to earn at least a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, math, or hard science (such as physics, chemistry or biology). Student interested in Ph.D. programs may want to consider attending REACH.
  • University of Southern California REACH Program– REACH is an all-expenses paid, doctoral preview program that takes place at USC’s University Park Campus near downtown Los Angeles. The Viterbi School actively recruits engineering achievers from all backgrounds into its doctoral degree programs, particularly students historically under-represented in the field (African-American, Latino and Native American) and females. Through REACH, under-represented engineering achievers get firsthand exposure to exciting research opportunities, world-class faculty, rich academic programs, and stellar student services and mentoring resources.
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Biosciences OPportunities (BOPS) – The Biosciences Opportunities (BOPS) preview weekend is October 8-11, 2015. This is an all-expenses paid opportunity for prospective graduate students to learn about opportunities in biological science graduate programs at UW-Madison. UW-Madison is a world-class university with many opportunities for graduate study. Approximately 146 programs offer masters degrees and 110 programs offer doctorate degrees. UW-Madison is one of the largest bioscience research institutions in the nation; ranking in the top 20 of all research programs worldwide for NIH funded biomedical research. It is a leader in stem cell research and in the top 10 for bioscience research in the nation. The application to apply is now available and is due on August 5, 2015. Contact us with any questions at
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Opportunities in Engineering Conference – Juniors and seniors with majors in physics, chemistry, math or other physical science interested in attending graduate school in engineering visit campus and explore graduate programs in engineering. Travel, food, and lodging expenses (except travel days and Saturday) will be paid by the conference.
  • Vanderbilt University VU-EDGE Ph.D. Recruitment Event – Underrepresented students interested in obtaining  a Ph.D. at VU have the opportunity to learn about the various doctoral programs; attend workshops; interact with faculty, students, administrators about graduate school at VU. Food and travel expenses will be covered.