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Idealist Grad Fairs FAQ: For prospective students

To see what the Idealist Grad Fairs are all about, check out this brief video taken at our New York City fair in September 2013.

Registration and preparation

Do I need to RSVP for the Idealist Grad Fair? 

Yes, please RSVP for the fair. This will ensure that we have enough informational materials for our attendees. This will also allow us to send you a reminder email about the fair and tips on how to make the most of your time at the event.

How do I RSVP? 

Once our 2016 schedule is announced, there'll be an RSVP button on each Idealist Grad Fair's page. In addition, the Idealist Grad Fairs are FREE and open to the public. You're still welcome to come, even if you don't get a chance to register.

What kinds of schools exhibit at your graduate degree fairs? 

We invite local and non-local universities with master's degree (and to a lesser extent, doctorate) programs in a variety of fields: public administration, public health, public interest law, education, social work, public policy, international affairs, conflict resolution, communications, counseling, divinity, nonprofit management, socially responsible business, urban planning, etc.

Be sure to check the list of registered grad schools and programs that are scheduled to exhibit at the fair in your city.

(the 2016 schedule of fairs will be released in the Spring)

Who should attend your graduate degree fairs? 

Anyone who's considering graduate degree programs that look to solve social problems is welcome to attend.

We typically attract a wide range of people at the fairs, including undergrads, recent college grads, community volunteers, interns, national and international service corps members and alumni (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as young, mid-career, and transitioning professionals from the nonprofit, public, and private sectors.

Any tips on how to prepare for the fair? 

Watch a short video on how to get the best out of your Idealist Grad Fair experience!

How do you decide where to hold the fairs? 

In addition to a core set of cities we return to every year, we survey participating schools about cities they are most likely to come to for a future fair. We consider regional representation and the demographics of the city to make sure we'll have enough interest and attendance from prospective graduate students. We also consider factors such as location, accessibility by public transportation, capacity, available break out space, and date availability.

How can I help promote the fair? 

Bring a friend, invite a co-worker, or tell a family member living in another fair city!

People find out about the fairs through your efforts, too. If you feel that these fair will be a good resource for your peers, colleagues, and relatives, send them a text or an email about the event.

Also, if you are well-connected in your community, we developed resource materials for each fair with short links, sample email and Twitter updates, flyers, postcards, and media advisories.

Other questions?