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San Francisco Idealist Grad Fair



Click here to learn about this year's new exhibitor registration process and other policies.

The Idealist Grad Fairs take place each year in cities across the United States. These fairs are free to the general public. Prospective students who attend the Idealist fairs are seeking graduate degree programs that will help them make a difference through their careers. They come from a range of backgrounds, including:

  • Nonprofit and government work
  • Alumni of service programs such as Peace Corps, City Year, and AmeriCorps
  • Mid-career professionals seeking to advance their careers or transition to a new one
  • Undergraduate students

By attending a fair, you also have the opportunity to network with your peers and raise the profile of your school by volunteering to speak on a panel about becoming a stronger candidate for graduate school.

To hear more about what admissions professionals are saying about the Idealist Grad Fairs, watch this short video, filmed at last year's New York City fair.


For exhibitors

As an admissions representative, you have access to the fair space beginning at 4:00 pm. As soon as you arrive, please check in with an Idealist staff member or volunteer.

We encourage you to use this first hour to set up your table and to grab a bite to eat before we open the doors to the public. Idealist will provide a light, self-service dinner and have water brought to your table before and during the fair.

Each registered program, arranged alphabetically by university and then by school, will have one table (typically 3' x 6') and two chairs. Please bring a school-branded cloth cover/banner to cover your exhibitor table.

If you have a name tag which you bring at other recruitment events, feel free to wear it at the Idealist fair. If not, we have disposable name tags at the registration table.

Do not plan on having access to electricity, a phone line, or the internet access at the fair.

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Sending materials

We will post shipping instructions in the summer.

Spread the word

Tell your friends

San Francisco Outreach Page: To make it easier to share the details of the fair with anyone you think might benefit from attending, we have posted an event flyer, a sample Tweet, a Facebook update, and email text you can easily copy-and-paste!


Date and time

Fair starts
November 6, 2014, 5:00 PM
Fair ends
November 6, 2014, 8:00 PM


Exhibitor fee


Fair venue
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco County Fair Building, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94122, US


Statement of inclusion
We strive to make our events accessible to people of all abilities, to request for a specific accommodation, please email us at
In this venue
There is wheelchair access
Guide dogs are welcome


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