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Grad School Guide

During Your Visit

  • During your visit you are being evaluated. This is an interview. Conduct yourself in a professional fashion. At a minimum, business casual attire is recommended.
  • Take advantage of the opportunity presented by the campus visit. Meet with faculty whose work interests you. Prepare questions in advance to ask them (example questions are provided elsewhere on the Grad School Guide Homepage). You should consider your meetings with faculty as a two-way interview. You also want to make sure they will be a good fit for your personality, interests, etc.
  • Meet with existing students in the program. Ask them what they like and don’t like about the program. Overall, existing students are a great source of information. Prepare questions in advance to ask them.
  • Contact alumni of the research groups that interest you. (Ask existing students or the PI for names/contact info, or to make an introduction.) Ask the alums to describe what they liked/disliked about their grad school experience. Prepare questions in advance to ask them. Ex: What aspects of your graduate experience frustrated you? What parts of your graduate experience were most gratifying?
  • Tour the labs of the faculty you are interested in working for.
  • Get a good night’s rest before visit day. It will likely be a long day with lots of meetings and discussion.