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NIU hosts graduate and professional school fair

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Northern Illinois University will host its fifth annual Graduate and Professional School Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center. The fair is free to all and is intended to help students and community members get a head start on their graduate and professional school searches. 

“The Graduate and Professional School Fair is an opportunity for everyone who is interested in earning a master’s, doctoral, or professional degree to get information about institutions and programs,” Joyce Keller, associate director in NIU Career Services and coordinator of the event, said in a news release.

Attendees will have the chance to talk face-to-face with graduate and professional school representatives from more than 90 programs throughout the United States. 

Although graduate and professional school information is available on the web, attendees will appreciate the quality and quantity of information they can gather in one convenient visit to NIU’s GPS Fair. It’s important to begin collecting information about graduate and professional schools early in the planning process.

This preparation gives graduate school candidates a competitive advantage by knowing early what the admissions standards are for selected programs, so they have plenty of time to meet these criteria. Early preparation also will help prospective graduate school students to plan financially for their schooling and seek scholarships and other sources of funding.

Although attendees do not need to dress professionally or bring résumés, it is recommended that they prepare by reviewing the list of schools and programs scheduled to attend the fair. The growing list of exhibitors for this year’s GPS Fair is available at

For more information about the process for applying to graduate school, students can visit the Career Services table at the Graduate and Professional School Fair and learn about services and upcoming career events.

To see additional information about the fair, visit or call Career Services at 815-753-1641 or 

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