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

  • The 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!
  • The University of Michigan Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS)–The University of Michigan Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS) invites you to explore your choice in science through our Preview Visitation this October 2-3, 2014. Our Preview includes an all-expense-paid visit for selected participants (and their advisors)  We have activities and workshops on applying and attending graduate school at U-M, one-on-one and group interactions with faculty from 14 PhD programs. As well as networking with current graduate students and peers from across the country and finally a tour of campus, facilities and the city of Ann Arbor.
  • University of Minnesota – Preview Day for Biomedical Sciences Scholars –The Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs Preview Weekend (September 24-26, 2015) is an all expenses paid unique visit to the University of Minnesota campus for prospective graduate students planning to enroll in a PhD program in Fall 2016. 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. Application deadline is July 13, 2015. 
  • 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.
  • University of Chicago – Preview Day for Biological Sciences Division (BSD) –The University of Chicago is offering talented individuals an expenses-paid opportunity to explore graduate education in the Biological Sciences Division (BSD). The experience will include workshops, informal socials and research presentations by world-renowned faculty and their graduate students.
  • 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 Visitation Program – Participants interested in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences visit research centers and graduate departments; network; learn about the admission process and various funding opportunities; and experience life at Howard University. AGEP provides hotel accommodations, meals, and the roundtrip transportation.
  • 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; meet with current graduate students.
  • 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.
  • The 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 Biomedical Sciences PREVIEW Weekend – Provides students various opportunities to interact with faculty, current graduate students and peers. Attendees participate in activities and workshops about applying to graduate school at UM, research and campus life. Visit expenses including travel, lodging, and on-campus meals will be covered.
  • 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 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 Program – Prospective graduate students from under-represented groups interested in applying to the University of Missouri. All costs of the weekend (travel, lodging, meals, all scheduled activities) are paid by the MU Graduate School.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • University of Southern California Engineering Preview DayPreview 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 Souther California REACH ProgramREACH 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.
  • UC Berkeley EDGE ConferenceThe 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.
  • Virginia Tech Graduate Recruiting Development Forum-If you are interested in learning about graduate school opportunities, make plans to join us for this event. Whether you are an undergraduate interested in learning more about graduate school, a current graduate student interested in learning about additional opportunities, or a practicing professional interested in the possibility of returning to a graduate program, our recruiting forum and professional development events will have information that will help guide you in your decisions.
  • Rensselaer Diversity in Graduate Studies Visitation Program-To achieve that goal, 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.