Talk to Admissions Staff
Have a question about a program? Turn to a school’s admissions staff.
When it comes to learning more about everything from the application process to job placement, schools are there to help.
Recruiting and Admissions Staff
Recruiting and admissions professionals market their school to candidates and evaluate applications. They can answer your questions, tell you what the culture of a school is like, and help you gauge if their school is a good fit for you. Ask a school's admissions office to answer questions around culture, such as:
- How would you describe the student body?
- How do staff and faculty contribute to program culture?
- Can you connect me with alumni from my anticipated career track or area of study?
One of the best opportunities you’ll have for talking personally with admissions staff is at school recruiting events such as those posted in the School Events Calendar
Admissions personnel are eager to meet you and answer your questions at information sessions, business school fairs, and forums or receptions.
If you attend a multi-school event, admissions staff will be focused on marketing their schools rather than evaluating individual applicants. Because they will only have a few minutes to talk to you, be prepared to ask questions that are not covered in the schools' informational materials.
Quick Tips for Meeting Staff
- Do research on schools and programs beforehand to make sure they are a potential good fit for you.
- Be prepared to tell admissions staff about your background, goals, and interests so they can give you effective advice. (If you need help clarifying or articulating your goals or interests, the CareerLeader online self-assessment can help.)
- Ask clear, well-focused questions, such as:
- "As a prospective student studying [your intended concentration], with an interest in [the career area you want to work in], what might recruiters in my desired industry be looking for in terms of specific courses and electives?
- "What parts of your application do you weigh most heavily?"
- Do NOT ask:
- "Why should I come to your school?" This question makes you sound unfocused and unprepared for graduate school.
- “What are my chances for admission?" This is an impossible question to answer, as multiple factors are considered in admissions decisions.