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Opportunity to seek assistance from officials at 70 graduate schools throughout the country

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Representatives from approximately 70 graduate schools across the nation will participate in the ASU Annual Graduate School Fair on November 5th. A wide variety of programs will be represented. Students have an opportunity to learn about particular schools, ask questions and gain an early start on the graduate school application process.

Many are considering graduate school in the current economic environment. Elaine Stover, associate director of ASU Career Services on the Tempe campus commented on a major factor in putting on the fair. "When we surveyed the graduating students from May 2009 about their post-graduation plans, 17 percent of the undergraduates indicated they had not pursued employment because they were planning to continue their education."

The Graduate Fair will provide a one-stop location to gather information, ask questions and expand your network of contacts says Jennifer Cason, director of Graduate Support Initiatives at ASU's Graduate College. "The graduate school application process can vary at every institution. Face-to-face networking is priceless, especially at large institutions."

A complete listing of participating schools is available online. However, California schools are among the highest number represented. Among the California schools, Clarement McKenna, Pepperdine, Chapman, and others are scheduled to contribute. Otherwise, schools come from as far away as Hawaii and New York.

The Annual Graduate School Fair will be held in the Arizona Ballroom of the Memorial Union on the Tempe campus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 5. The event is co-sponsored by ASU's Career Services and the Graduate College. For those entertaining the notion of graduate school, it may be well worth the three to four hour drive from the Los Angeles area to make contacts and get special assistance with program decisions and applications.

For more information about topics of interest to graduate students, check out:

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Looking for economical school choices? Look to the North

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Janelle Jalbert is the founder of Edusistance and the creator of the Race to College Success program. She has been an educator and advisor for more than a decade. You can reach Janelle by email, follow her on Twitter @RacetoCollege or @edusistance, and add yourself as a fan of the Race to College Success Facebook page.




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