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Graduate and Professional School Fair

20% of ESF graduates continue directly to graduate school or professional programs each year and within 5 years of leaving ESF, that percentage jumps to 50%. If you’re thinking about graduate school or know it’s you’re definite destination after graduation, check out the Graduate and Professional School Fair to speak with different institution representatives!

Date and Location

Fall 2019 Graduate and Professional School Fair

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
11 am - 1:30 pm
Gateway Center


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Institution Registration and Details

Registration for the 2020 Graduate and Professional School Fair will open mid-July.

Contact Casey Duffy directly at 315.470.4738 or cduffy01@esf.edu if you have any questions.


During the Graduate and Professional School Fair registration process institutions will be asked to include an organization description and overview. The description will appear on our online directory and the overview will be part of our printed directory for students.

Booth Size

As space is limited, note the area consists of one 6' table and 2 chairs. (Space is limited. Please plan your organizational displays accordingly)


Banners cannot be hung on the walls, so please bring an alternative method and supplies.

Audio Displays

We anticipate the Graduate and Professional School Fair will get very crowded and noisy, so for the comfort of your neighbors and to eliminate extraneous noise, we prefer that you use audio only if necessary.


We will run extensions to all employers that indicate a need for electricity. If you would like electricity, please be sure to indicate that on your registration form.

Network Connections

Guest log-in information for ESF wireless access will be provided the day of the event.


Recruiters are responsible for unpacking and set-up of their own materials, as well as repacking and shipping after the Graduate and Professional School Fair. If you would like to ship your materials beforehand, they must arrive at the Career Services Office (ATTN: Casey Duffy) no later than Thursday, September 19, 2019. Please contact Casey Duffy ahead of time and mail your materials to the address listed below. You may set-up your booth between 9 am —11 am. Unfortunately, you will not be able to set up the night before as the room will not be available.

Career Services Office (ATTN: Casey Duffy)

1 Forestry Drive, 105 Bray Hall

Syracuse, NY 13210


Full Fair (11 am - 1:30 pm) Institutions Organizations: $150/per table (includes 1 representative)

Half Fair (11 am - 12:30 pm) Institutions Organizations: $75/per table (includes 1 representative)

$20 per additional program representatives (i.e. faculty from a specific program within the department/college that has registered) - Limit of 2 additional representatives

Registration includes a 6’ table chairs, parking, lunch and general advertising in our Graduate and Professional School Fair brochure.

Graduate and Professional School Series

Thinking about furthering your education with a graduate or professional school? This series is here to help answer questions you may have and assist throughout your exploration and application process


What to Look for in a Graduate Program and School

When you are looking at schools and programs, consider some of the following:

Career Goals - What is your goal and will a graduate degree help you?
Degree Program – What courses are taught? What type of research will you conduct?
Location – Where are you willing to live while attending school?
Faculty – Who are the faculty and what are their backgrounds? What kind of research have they done and how many publications do they have?
Facilities – Are the labs, research and computer facilities up to date? What facilities are available to graduate students?
Reputation - Consider the reputation http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/grad/rankings/rankindex.htm of the program and the faculty at each college. Another ratings site is phds.org
Campus Environment – What size is the school and the program? Try to visit the campus and speak with faculty, current students, admissions and financial aid representatives. Does the campus environment feel comfortable to you?
Graduate Internships – Are internships a required part of the degree program? Ask where students have done their internships. Does the school help with finding these opportunities?
Application requirements – Find out the admissions requirements (GPA, test scores, etc.) What is the application deadline? Is a personal statement or essay required?
Placement information - Ask to see the placement information for past graduates of the program to find out the placement rate, the types of jobs and which companies graduates worked at upon graduation, and salaries graduates received.
Cost – Create a budget for each school, including tuition, room & board, books, fees and living expenses and determine if you can afford to attend each college you are considering.
Financial Aid – Check with the Financial Aid Office at every school to learn what they offer to graduate students.

More Grad School Info

Visit our Grad School Information page for resources and information that will help you identify schools, research your field of interest, what to look for in a school, prepare for admissions tests and more!