Graduate School Diversity Preview Events

Preview-Day Weekends are energizing 2-3 day visits that are analogous to “college open houses” — but for graduate school. Albeit brief, they provide college students rich insight into graduate student life by partaking in various activities on campuses of universities they are interested in applying to! Click on any of the links below to begin your search for the right fit.

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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Brown University Graduate Programs Diversity Preview Day

Description: The Brown University Graduate Programs invites prospective graduate students from diverse backgrounds, with interest in pursuing a Ph.D. in any discipline, to visit campus and explore academic, social and professional opportunities.

Program Dates for STEM: 10/20/19 - 10/21/19

Program Dates for Humanities and Social Sciences: 11/3 - 11/4/19

Eligibility: Seniors, recent graduates


Columbia University (New York City, NY)

Engineering Achievers in Graduate Education: EngAGE

Description: Looking for the brightest young engineers and applied scientists interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in engineering or applied science disciplines to attend an all-expense-paid weekend in New York City for the Columbia Engineering EngAGE program

Deadline: 12/21/18

Program Dates: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

Eligibility: Juniors


Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)

Diversity Preview Weekend 

Description: Introduce attendees to our research programs (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Entomology, and the School of Integrative Plant Science) the year before they apply to graduate school

Deadline: 12/1/19

Program Dates: 3/12/20 - 3/15/20

Eligibility: Juniors, Seniors


Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)

Focus Program

Description: Attracts the best and brightest underrepresented minority students and encourage them to pursue graduate degrees at Georgia Tech

Deadline: 10/31/18

Program Dates: 1/17/19 - 1/20/19

Eligibility: Juniors, Seniors


Indiana University Bloomington (Bloomington, IN)

Getting You into Indiana University (GU2IU) Event

Description: A campus recruitment program for prospective underrepresented and minority students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.F.A. at Indiana University (IUB) Bloomington

Deadline: 9/6/19

Program Dates: October 20-22, 2019

Eligibility: Seniors


Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)

Explore Hopkins (EHOP) 2019

Description: EHOP is a joint effort between the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering. Our program is designed to provide students from underrepresented backgrounds, with an intimate opportunity to learn more about our doctoral programs.

Deadline: 7/22/19

Program Dates: 10/3/19 - 10/5/19

Eligibility: Juniors and Seniors


MIT (Cambridge, MA)

ACCESS Program

Description: ACCESS is a weekend of educational and informative events that will introduce talented sophomores, juniors and seniors to the benefits of a graduate education in chemistry, chemical engineering, and materials science. The goal of ACCESS is not to prepare students for graduate school at MIT specifically, but rather to introduce them to the advantages of choosing a graduate career path at an institution that best meets each participant's individual needs.

Deadline: 7/31/19

Program Dates: 9/26/19 - 9/29/19

Eligibility: Sophomore, Juniors, Seniors


North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)

Visit NC State Program

Description: Designed to offer prospective graduate students, and particularly those interested in the Ph.D., an opportunity to visit our campus, at no cost, to learn more about current research of our faculty and graduate students, and to experience the quality of our graduate programs

Deadline: 9/30/19

Program Dates: 11/10/19 - 11/12/19

Eligibility: Sophomore, Juniors, Seniors, U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, International Student


Northern Michigan University (Marquette, MI)

McNair Scholar Visitation Program

Description: Attend NMU's first McNair Scholar Visitation Program to learn about graduate programs

Deadline: 9/1/18

Program Dates: 9/14/18 - 9/15/18

Eligibility: U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident


Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

Introduction to Graduate Education (IGEN)

Description: The Graduate School hosts an annual Introduction to Graduate Education at Northwestern (IGEN) for diverse rising juniors and seniors interested in doctoral study in a STEM or quantitative discipline (accounting, economics, finance, marketing, psychology, statistics, etc.). This fully funded, two-day visit to Northwestern’s campuses familiarizes visitors with our graduate programs, faculty, staff, and students while providing insight into the life of a PhD student.

Deadline: 7/1/19

Program Dates: 10/10/19 - 10/12/19

Eligibility: Junior or Senior


Ohio State (Columbus, OH)

47th Annual Graduate & Professional Student Recruitment Initiative

Description: Program helps to contribute to the ethnic, cultural and academic diversity of Ohio State’s Graduate School and Professional Colleges

Deadline: 9/21/18

Program Dates: 10/28/18 - 10/30/18

Eligibility: Senior, U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident


Penn State (State College, PA)

The Pennsylvania State University STEM Fall Open House

Description: Intended for those interested in applying to graduate programs at the Penn State University Park campus

Deadline: 9/13/19

Program Dates: 10/17/19 - 10/21/19

Eligibility: Juniors, Seniors


Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)

Ecology and Evolutionary (EEB) Scholars Program

Description: Talented students are invited to Princeton University for a weekend program designed to give them the tools to apply to graduate schools, as well as familiarize them with Princeton's own department.  The program will focus on the graduate application process, connecting with EEB faculty and students, and highlighting Scholars’ academic achievements.

Deadline: 7/15/19

Program Dates: 10/3/19 - 10/6/19

Eligibility: Juniors, Seniors, College Graduates

MOL BIO Scholars Program

Description: MOL BIO Scholars will be selected from a competitive national applicant pool of junior and senior undergraduates for travel to Princeton University who have demonstrated interest and passion for research in the broad field of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Deadline: 5/31/19

Program Dates: 10/3/19 - 10/6/19

Eligibility: Juniors, Seniors


Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)

The Big Ten+ Graduate School Exposition 

Description: Designed for those interested in graduate study in the fields of Engineering, Mathematics, Science, Technology and related disciplines

Program Dates: 9/22/19 - 9/23/19


Scripps Research Institute  (Jupiter, FL)

Diversity Visitation Event for Research and Graduate Education (DiVERGE)

Description: Geared toward undergraduate students interested in biomedical research careers, the program is designed to give participants an in-depth preview of TSRI's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) program, Academic Year Research Internship for Undergraduates (AYRIU) program, and top-10 ranked doctoral program in the chemical and biological sciences

Deadline: 11/11/19

Program Dates: 1/9/20 - 1/11/20

Eligibility: Sophomore, Juniors, Seniors


Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Stanford Preview

Description: Program is designed to introduce diverse sophomores and juniors to the Stanford University campus and provide guidance in the graduate school admissions process. 

Deadline: 1/20/19

Program Dates: 3/14/19 - 3/16/19

Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior


Description: program aims to introduce diverse college students to the Stanford University community and offer professional development that prepares students for the MD-PhD admissions process. 

Deadline: 1/10/20

Program Dates: 3/18/20 - 3/21/20

Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior, Senior, College Graduate


University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)

McNair Scholars Visitation Day

Description: Event where you will discover your opportunities for graduate study at UA

Program Date: 11/5/18


University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)

Engineering Preview Days

Description: A program designed for rising seniors who are interested in applying to Ph.D. programs in engineering and held during the spring semester

Deadline: 3/16/20

Program Dates: 4/16/20 - 4/18/20

Eligibility: Permanent Resident, U.S. citizen


University of California San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)

Inside UCSF

Description: An annual outreach program geared towards students at two- and four-year degree schools who are interested in pursuing careers in health and science

Deadline: 1/24/20

Program Dates: 4/3/20 - 4/4/20


University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Discover UChicago Program

Description: Offering talented individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations an expenses-paid opportunity to explore graduate education at the University of Chicago

Deadline: 8/15/19

Program Dates: 11/7/19 - 11/9/19

Eligibility: Permanent Resident, U.S. citizen, Undocumented students


University of Colorado Boulder (Boulder, CO)

Colorado Advantage Graduate Preview Weekend

Description: intended for college seniors, recent graduates and masters degree students interested in pursuing a STEM doctoral degree at the University of Colorado Boulder

Program Dates: 11/1/18 - 11/3/18

Eligibility: Senior, Permanent Resident, U.S. citizen


University of Georgia (Athens, GA)

Pathways Program: Future Scholars Visitation Program

Description: Serves as a recruitment tool for prospective graduate students, allowing them to visit the University of Georgia campus and their academic departments of interest

Program Dates: 10/27/19 - 10/29/19

Eligibility: Seniors, College Graduates, Master's Degree student


University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)

Preview of the University of Michigan Neuroscience Graduate Program

Description: Meet Neuroscience Graduate Program faculty and learn about their research, learn about our application process and receive feedback on individual applications, and network with current Neuroscience Graduate Students

Deadline: 1/17/20

Program Dates: 3/19/20 - 3/21/20

Eligibility: Permanent Resident, U.S. citizen

Earth and Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program - Fall Preview 2019

Description: The Earth and Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program invites juniors, senior, recently graduated, or Master’s students, to visit us for a preview of our graduate program. We are eager to recruit students for this event who will contribute to our department's mission of promoting diversity and inclusion in the Earth and environmental sciences.


Program Dates: 10/31/19 - 11/2/19

Eligibility: Juniors, Seniors, College Graduates


University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)

Diversity in Psychology Program

Description: Designed for individuals who are historically underrepresented in psychology graduate programs and who are interested in learning about graduate education in Psychology at the University of Minnesota

Eligibility: Junior, Senior

Deadline: 8/20/18

Program Dates: 10/10/18 - 10/12/18


University of Missouri (Columbia, MO)

University of Missouri Tigerview Campus Visitation program

Description: Network with current faculty, administrators, graduate students and contacts in your program of interest, collect information about the admissions process and funding sources and opportunities, and participate in lab tours, scientific presentations, workshops regarding essential graduate school components and social activities

Deadline: 6/21/19

Program Dates: 9/30/19 - 10/1/19

Eligibility: Senior, College Graduate, Master's Degree student, U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident


University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

Preview Day 2019

Description: Annual visitation day for students interested in pursuing a Master’s degree at one of the top ranked graduate engineering institutions in the nation

Program Dates: 10/10/19


University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI)

Chemistry Opportunities (CHOPS) program

Description: Invites approximately 20 highly qualified prospective students to the UW-Madison Chemistry Department for an all-expense-paid weekend to explore the chemistry PhD graduate program

Deadline: 5/18/18

Program Dates: 9/12/19 - 9/15/19

Eligibility: Juniors, Seniors, College Graduates, Permanent Resident, U.S. Citizen


UNIVERSITY OF UTAH School of Biological Sciences Diversity Fellows Program

Description: The University of Utah School of Biological Sciences is committed to enhancing the diversity of students in its PhD program. To this end, the School will host a one day workshop specifically designed to assist students to apply, and gain acceptance, to graduate school.

Deadline: 9/30/19

Program Dates: 11/22/19 - 11/24/19

Eligibility: We especially encourage students from underrepresented minorities and developing nations to apply, as well as those inhabiting other axes of diversity. Students attending Minority Serving Institutions (such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities), first-generation students, and undocumented students are particularly invited to apply.


Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)

VU-EDGE PhD PRe-VU Recruitment

Description: Provides an opportunity for a select group of highly talented underrepresented students to learn more about the PhD programs at Vanderbilt and the process of developing from a graduate student into an independent researcher

Program Dates: TBA

Eligibility: Juniors, Seniors, College Graduates, Master's Degree students, Master's Degree Graduate, Permanent Resident, U.S. Citizen