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Campus Visitation Programs

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.

  • Cornell University Diversity Preview Weekend - This preview weekend is intended to introduce attendees to our research programs the year before they apply to grad school. If you identify as an underrepresented minority student (Black/African American, Latina/o or Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander, or first generation college student), or you inhabit another axis of minority status (e.g. LGBTQIA, disabled, low income), this event is for you.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology – FOCUS 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.
  • Indiana University – “Getting You into IU” Campus Visit offers students from a wide range of disciplines to 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.
  • North Carolina State University – Visit NC State Program allows participants to 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.
  • Northern Michigan University –  Northern Michigan University is holding a McNair Visitation Weekend on Thursday, September 14 and Friday, September 15, 2017. As a mid-sized regional university, NMU is able to offer graduate students close interaction with their advisors, quality research opportunities, and access to the unparalleled natural beauty of Marquette County. McNair Scholars must register themselves for this visit before the September 1 deadline using this form.
  • Ohio State University – This fall of 2017, the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University will be hosting our Graduate Engineering Open House aimed at bringing underrepresented groups to our Columbus, Ohio campus and showing them the opportunities in engineering research and scholarship.  The event will take place October 13-14, 2017. Travel scholarships will be awarded to students to help them cover their expenses for flights, mileage, and/or hotel stay.  This is a GREAT opportunity for students to come and check out a highly ranked, Research 1 institution and learn all about the graduate school process!
  • Pennsylvania State University – The Pennsylvania State University Graduate School will hosts a Fall STEM Open House and visitation program for prospective underrepresented and underserved students interested in  admission to Penn State-University Park.  Penn State Graduate School will provide travel, lodging, and meals for visiting participants selected for this program.
  • 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!
  • Scripps Research Institute – DiVERGE is a three-day, all-expense-paid visit held on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). Geared toward undergraduate students interested in biomedical research careers, the program is designed to give participants an in-depth preview of TSRI’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) program and top-10 ranked doctoral program in the chemical and biological sciences.
  • Tufts University – 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.
  • University of Central Florida –  A new visitation program the UCF Graduate College has created for this fall for underrepresented prospective doctoral students to learn more about UCF and the programs they might be interested in studying. UCF will pay all expenses for maximum 25 students to visit UCF for two days. Application deadline to to apply is Friday, August 25, 2017. For more information, please contact the Associate Dean of Admissions, Dr. Devon Jensen at
  • University of Chicago – 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 Illinois – The Multi-Cultural Engineering Recruitment for Graduate Education (MERGE) Program brings graduate school prospects from diverse cultures to UI in-depth view of the outstanding programs and facilities available for graduate study. Scholars must currently be enrolled in or have completed an accredited curriculum in engineering, physics, or chemistry. All expenses paid by the MERGE Program.
  • 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 – The Office for Diversity in Graduate Education in collaboration with the Graduate School invites McNair Programs to our Graduate School Visitation Program held once a month on the Twin Cities campus.  The day consists of a presentation about the process of applying for admission to graduate programs.  The students meet with faculty and staff to discuss their research, and receive a staff-led tour of the campus.
  • University of Minnesota –The Department of Psychology Diversity Weekend is an all-expense paid visit to the University of Minnesota campus for prospective graduate students interested in applying to one of our seven PhD programs in psychology. Selected participants will meet with relevant program faculty and graduate students, learn about the graduate application and admission process, and experience the diversity of the campus and Twin Cities. Undergraduate and masters students, as well as recent college graduates, from historically under-represented groups in graduate training in psychology are eligible to apply.
  • University of Missouri – Emerge Life Science Campus Visitation Program is for 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 Oregon – Because diversity is a top priority for the Department of Biology at the University of Oregon, we are inviting a group of prospective students to visit this October, prior to the regular recruitment event. Preview Oregon occurs in the middle of application period, leaving plenty of time for the students to apply if they feel like our PhD program is a good fit for them. The event will include activities with faculty and students, tours of facilities and the area around campus, and tips on what we expect to see on the graduate application. Transportation, hotel, and meals are covered by the program. Participants also receive an application fee waiver if they apply to the UO Biology PhD Program in fall 2017 (for fall 2018 enrollment). The application deadline for Preview Oregon is August 25, 2017.  
  • University of Wisconsin – The Biosciences Opportunities (BOPS) preview weekend is in October. 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.
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison CHemistry OPportunities (CHOPs) - Participants attend an all-expenses paid weekend at UW-Madison, where they are introduced to the faculty and graduate program of the Chemistry department. Participants tour the research facilities and meet current graduate students.
  • 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, and administrators about graduate school at VU. Food and travel expenses will be covered.

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