Graduate School Resources

Graduate School Fair - Web

Currently we have 15 schools signed up to attend our Simpson College Graduate and Professional School Fair.  Please mark your calendars to stop by the Kent Center to visit with the following schools –

Avila University

Cleveland Chiropractic College

Creighton University School of Law

Des Moines University

Drake College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Drake University College of Business & Public Administration Graduate Programs

Drake University Law School

Drake University School of Education

Grand View University

Iowa State University College of Design

Iowa State University Department of BioMedical Sciences

Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Marquette University Graduate School

Nebraska College of Law

Palmer College of Chiropractic

Rockhurst University

Saint Paul School of Theology

St. Ambrose University

Simpson College

University of Iowa College of Law

US Army Healthcare Recruiting

Western Illinois University – Quad Cities


Sample questions to ask at the Graduate School Fair

  1. What are the admission requirements (GPA, undergraduate coursework, entrance exams, experience, interview, etc.)?
  2. What is the average entrance exam score and GPA of students who are accepted?
  3. When is the application deadline?
  4. Is there an early admission deadline?
  5. What is the application process/timeline (application materials, interview)?
  6. Are students admitted in both the fall and spring semesters?
  7. How much does the program cost (tuition, student fees, housing)?
  8. What types of financial aid are available (fellowships, assistantships, scholarships, loans)?
  9. How long is the program?
  10. Will I gain clinical/field experience or complete an internship as part of the program?
  11. What is the location and size of the institution?
  12. Could you tell me more about the facilities (labs, lecture rooms, etc.)?
  13. Could you tell me more about student life on campus (diversity of the students, student organizations, housing, campus support services)?
  14. How many faculty members are there and what are their areas of research?
  15. Is there anything unique about your program?
  16. How important is it for applicants to have extracurricular activities, volunteer and/or work experience?
  17. Are there any recommended courses in addition to the stated pre-requisites?
  18. Do you provide joint degrees (M.D./Ph.D., J.D./MBA)?
  19. Where are graduates of the program employed?
  20. What percentage of graduates are employed in a relevant field within 6 months/ 1 year of graduation?
  21. Do you have open houses or information sessions?
  22. Would it be possible for me to arrange a campus visit in which I could meet with admissions representatives, current students, and faculty?
  23. Is it possible to work full-time and complete the degree as a part-time student?
  24. Is a thesis, dissertation, or comprehensive examination(s) required for completion of the degree?
  25. Will completion of the program meet the educational requirements for licensure or certification needed to enter a particular occupation?
  26. What is the projected size of the entering class?
  27. Do you reserve spots for in-state residents?
  28. Does your program offer any programs for underrepresented minority students?
  29. May I contact you if I have additional questions (business card)?


Additional Graduate School Resources:


  • Advice for undergraduates considering graduate school by Phil Agre.
  • The Simpson Writing Center, Hawley Center, faculty and our staff will assist you in writing your graduate school essay.
  • Grad Source will provide you with information about graduate school programs.
  • is another site that is helpful for researching graduate school programs and a valuable timetable to help you with the application process.
  • Petersons is Your Comprehensive Guide to College Information.
  • Check for additional graduate school fairs of interest at sites such as Virtual Career Fair Events.

CV – Curriculum Vitae

A CV is similar to a resume in that is is a document listing your accomplishments.  The difference is that a CV is used in more of an academic or research based setting.   CVs should be used to apply to graduate school or research based programs. Below are a few resources that can be helpful in creating a CV.