Do you want to take your education to the next level? For all juniors and seniors considering the possibility of post-undergraduate education, the MSU Graduate School is hosting an event to learn more about opportunities for the future. The event will outline what to expect from graduate school and introduce the basic steps for application.

The MSU Graduate School is highly accredited and renowned. The school is in the top three percent of all universities in the nation for research expenditures. However, with high levels of academics comes a more competitive acceptance rate. Admission to graduate programs is more competitive than undergraduate programs. “Grad school is difficult for a lot of people to get into because there’s more funding and more research,” stated Kylie Webb, a graduate admissions coordinator at MSU. With events like this bringing light to the possibility of graduate school for students, the idea of earning a Masters degree is much less daunting. 

The event is open to all current juniors and seniors at MSU. Attendees will be equipped with a passport and instructed to visit different booths with different departments and programs. After talking to all of the booths and receiving stamps in their passport, attendees will turn in their passports to be entered for various prizes. The purpose is promoting involvement with diverse organizations at the event. “It will be a fun learning evening for everyone involved,'' said Danica Weitz, a graduate admissions coordinator. 

This is the first year the event will follow the open-house based format as compared to the lecture style of previous years. With the open-house format, attendees are not required to stay for the whole event. Rather, they are given the opportunity to choose the specific organizations that interest them. “We want them to feel more engaged with their departments and graduate school. We want them to know that we are a resource for them,” explained Weitz. 

Most departments will have representatives in attendance to provide resources to potential applicants. The event will be held in the lobby of Jabs Hall on Tuesday, Nov.12 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Faculty from Financial Aid and the Writing Center will answer questions regarding tuition, scholarship opportunities and application writing. Graduate students from various departments will also be available to answer questions about graduate school at the event. Webb says, “We want to give students the resources to not only be successful when they apply but also when they become a grad student. There are people on campus that are there to support students through their graduate career.”

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