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Is Graduate School in your future? Whether you are a freshman or senior, on the fence or have your mind made up about grad school, getting a head start on the process gives you an edge in the admissions process. The annual Grad Expo hosts graduate and professional school programs from across the country and around the world and allows you to explore your options, gather information and make connections with admission officers.

The 2021 Grad Expo will be held Wednesday, October 6 from Noon - 5 p.m. EDT.

This virtual event will be held on Handshake. You'll be able to attend one-on-one and group sessions with graduate and professional school representatives of your choice. Browse the fair beforehand to review schools and sign up for sessions. If you are interested in meeting with representatives and having representatives access your resume, you'll need to make sure to set your profile privacy to "community" for the duration of the fair.

Registration for students is now open.


Belong@OSU Webinar Series

Looking to continue your education with a graduate or professional degree from Ohio State? Don't miss the Belong@OSU Webinar Series, hosted by the Ohio State Graduate School. This series is designed to guide prospective students through the graduate school application process, specifically for Ohio State. Sessions are held from September 29 - November 17, 2021. Review session offerings and register here.

Preparing for the Expo

  1. Know who you want to meet and what types of programs might be worth investigating.

  2. Review the list of participating institutions in Handshake prior to the event.

  3. Be ready to ask questions that are important to you. Here are some sample questions:

    Program Curriculum

    • Can you give me an example of the courses that this program offers?
    • What specializations are available?
    • Does the program focus on theory and research, or does it emphasize application of knowledge and skills?
    • If practicum is required, is there a good variety of practicum sites?


    • What is the faculty to student ratio? Do they hold degrees from leading institutions?
    • What type of special recognition have they earned (e.g., awards, grants, etc.)?
    • What have they published? Do the top scholars teach, or are they primarily involved in research?
    • Is there diversity in both cultural backgrounds and research interests?

    Program Reputation

    • Is the program accredited?
    • Is the program well-established or relatively new?
    • Is the program nationally ranked in terms of excellence?


    • What are the tuition and fees? What types of financial aid are available?
    • What are the state requirements for becoming a resident (i.e. how soon can you become a resident to reduce your tuition)?

    Campus Facilities

    • What is the quality of the library, recreation center and other areas designed for studying or student engagement?
    • Are there an adequate number of computer labs?

    Career Services

    • What type of employment assistance is provided by the program or the university as a whole?
    • Are these services only available to current students or are alumni eligible as well?
    • With which companies or organizations do graduates tend to find employment?

    Geographic Location

    • What are employment opportunities in the area?

  4. Make a positive first impression by being friendly and presenting yourself professionally.

  5. Ask for the representative's contact information and ask about how to find the application.


If you have a disability and rely on a screen reader or the keyboard for access to your computer you will experience difficulty using Handshake. As the university works with Handshake to improve accessibility, please contact for assistance in navigating and using this application. A member of our team will respond within 2 business days to assist you.


If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Ryan Wilhelm at Requests made two weeks before the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.