Representatives from 57 graduate school programs met in the Cabaret on Wednesday, Oct. 24, to speak with Marist students at the annual Graduate School Forum.
The forum, coordinated by the Marist Center for Career Services, hosted a variety of reputable schools and programs, including many law schools. Some programs in attendance included Columbia University's School of Social Work and School of International & Public Affairs, Binghamton University and Temple University.
The Graduate School Forum is organized every year by Pat Taylor, the graduate school and fellowship advisor from the Center for Career Services.
Marist students have typically been very competitive in gaining admissions to graduate schools, Taylor said. Students in the past have been admitted to programs in schools like Harvard, Columbia, Yale and Cornell.
"When students are determined to make it on to grad school, they make it happen," Taylor said.
The Graduate School Forum is one way that Marist students are able to explore their graduate school aspirations after Marist.
Stephen Cole, the executive director of Career Services, saw the forum as a valuable asset to students.
"This is an event that we're pleased to offer annually, because it does give students a chance to see what graduate schools are looking for in terms of students," Cole said.
Cole said the event was also helpful in terms of seeing what programs would be a good fit for students.
The turnout for the event was consistent, Cole said. The program, held in the informal atmosphere of the Cabaret, usually gets "a good mix of juniors, sophomores and even some first year students, so they can get an idea of what their game plan is going to be after Marist," Cole said.
Students who attended the Graduate School Forum agreed that the event was very useful.
"I think it's a really great opportunity for us to see what's out there after Marist," senior Meghan Mahony, an American Studies major, said. "The thought of graduation is really overwhelming, but the grad school fair introduced me to a variety of options for post-graduation."
The program proved useful not only to seniors, but to juniors and underclassmen as well.
"I thought it was really informative," said junior Christina D'Arco, a Biology major with a Journalism minor. "All the admissions counselors were really nice and provided a lot of information. Even though I'm a junior, I think it's really important to start looking at grad schools."
Marist's own graduate programs were also represented at the forum. Marist has 12 very competitive programs, said Kelly Holmes, Director of Admission for graduate programs.
"Most of our programs are career-focused," Holmes said. The programs are aimed at providing students with valuable and marketable skills for the professional world.
Half of the programs are available online, and half are on-site graduate programs. One program, the Master of Arts in Museum Studies, is offered on-site at the Marist campus in Florence, Italy at the Lorenzo de Medici Institute.
Students who missed the Graduate School Forum or are interested in more information on graduate programs at Marist or elsewhere can contact the Career Services office, located on the third floor of the James A. Cannavino Library.