Attendee FAQ

Do I need to RSVP for the Idealist Grad Fair?

Yes, please RSVP for the fair. This will ensure that we have enough informational materials for our attendees. This will also allow us to send you a reminder email about the fair and tips on how to make the most of your time at the event.


What kinds of schools exhibit at an Idealist Grad Fair?

We invite local and non-local universities with master’s degree (and to a lesser extent, doctorate) programs in a variety of fields: public administration, public health, public interest law, education, social work, public policy, international affairs, conflict resolution, communications, counseling, divinity, nonprofit management, socially responsible business, urban planning, etc.

Be sure to check the list of registered grad schools and programs that are scheduled to exhibit at the fair in your city.

Who should attend an Idealist Grad Fair?

Anyone who’s considering graduate degree programs that look to solve social problems is welcome to attend. We typically attract a wide range of people at the fairs, including undergrads, recent college grads, community volunteers, interns, national and international service corps members and alumni (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as young, mid-career, and transitioning professionals from the nonprofit, public, and private sectors.

Any tips on how to prepare for the fair?

Watch a short video on how to get the best out of your Idealist Grad Fair experience!

How do you decide where to hold the fairs?

In addition to a core set of cities we return to every year, we survey participating schools about cities they are most likely to come to for a future fair. We consider regional representation and the demographics of the city to make sure we’ll have enough interest and attendance from prospective graduate students. We also consider factors such as location, accessibility by public transportation, capacity, available break out space, and date availability.

How can I help promote the fair?

Bring a friend, invite a co-worker, or tell a family member living in another fair city! People find out about the fairs through your efforts, too. If you feel that these fair will be a good resource for your peers, colleagues, and relatives, send them a text or an email about the event.

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