How can I encourage students to consider applying to graduate school?

We strongly recommend giving an annual presentation to undergraduates on Why go to graduate school? Ideally the presentation is given early in the Fall term. This can be a presentation by faculty or a panel of alumni.

All undergraduates, from freshmen to seniors, should be invited. For younger students, this presentation can get them thinking about graduate school. For more senior students, the presentation offers pragmatic advice and tips for applying. In our experience, some students will come to the presentation twice: once in their junior year as they begin contemplating graduate school and once in their senior year to be reminded of the nuts-and-bolts.