Though summer is in full swing, it’s never too early to think about your education, especially if you’re considering graduate school. And through our free graduate school fairs, information center, and ongoing conversations about pursuing a graduate school degree, we want to help you through this process. Check out our resources below to start planning your next steps!
Attend a free graduate school fair
This year, we’re visiting 18 cities across the United States with our free graduate school fairs.
The Idealist Grad Fairs connect prospective students with graduate schools in fields such as public administration, international affairs, education, public policy, public interest law, social work, nonprofit management, global and public health, theology, environmental science, and socially responsible business. The fairs are free and open to anyone interested in learning about grad school. Click on a city below to learn more and RSVP.
September 16: New York
September 23: Philadelphia
September 25: Boston
September 30: Baltimore
October 1: Washington, DC
October 3: Ann Arbor
October 7: Minneapolis
October 8: Chicago
October 15: Miami
October 17: Houston
October: 22: Austin
October 23: Atlanta
October 24: Charlotte
October 28: Seattle
October 29: Portland
November 4: Denver
November 6: San Francisco
November 7: Los Angeles
Curious about what the fairs are like? Check out this brief video, taken at our New York Idealist Grad Fair in September 2012.
Be clear on why you want to attend graduate school
There are a variety of reasons to attend graduate school. In our graduate school information center, we have a ton of articles to help you think through them:
- Bad reasons to go to grad school: Consider these red flags in your decision
Lists some important points to think about if you’re unsure that grad school is for you
- Good reasons to go to grad school
Examines the benefits of graduate study and how it can help you achieve your goals
- Are you ready for the lifestyle changes?
Gives an overview of the impact that grad school can have on your current lifestyle
- Benefits for a U.S. national in getting a graduate degree abroad
Focuses on the many rewards for U.S. students of studying in another country.
- Degree overview
You’ll find insights on everything from common curricula to the skills you can obtain and the careers you can expect to pursue after your studies.
Think early about student loans and financial aid
Even if you haven’t made a decision about attending graduate school, it’s never too early to start thinking about student loans and financial aid. Here are some resources on how to pay for a graduate degree:
- Understanding financial aid and advice on how to work with the financial aid office
Offers tips on financial aid for before, during, and after the application process
- Graduate school loan strategy
Explains how to handle your educational loans—before, during, and after school
- Navigating student loan options
Introduces you to the variety of loans that can help you afford grad school
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Income-Based Repayment
Explains the nuts and bolts of the legislation that offers income-based repayment options and public service loan forgiveness
- The scholarship search
Offers an overview of scholarships, how to find them, and tips on applying
Reach out to people in your field
Nothing beats conversations with people who have gone to grad school or who work in an area you’d like to pursue. Here are some articles, stories, and conversations to explore:
- How I found my perfect graduate school program
- Community question: What’s the value of a certificate vs. a graduate school degree?
- Will an MFA help you succeed more at work?
- Can an MBA boost your impact and career?
Want to share your graduate school experience? Let us know! And if you have questions about graduate school or resources you’d like to share, feel free to add them in the comments below.