1. Finding students
There are several concrete ways to find potential students. Below is an outline of how to go about finding students as well as a description for each tool that can be used.
Tools and strategies to find potential students
Weakness: When you communicate, it may be through a cold call.
Cost: $0.50/name (you’re able to see how many names your search yields before purchasing) Possibly printing costs for mailer.
The Office of Research and Graduate Studies will cover these costs if proposal is submitted.
How to use: Contact Joan Rudd to run a report.
Strengths: Detailed information about high achieving and underrepresented students and their USU application fee is waived.
Weaknesses: There are fewer names than the GRE Search Service and when you communicate, it may be a cold call.
Cost: Free to use. Possibly printing costs for mailer.
How to use: Contact Heather Zollinger for an Excel sheet and credentials.
McNair Search Criteria:
- State of Institution
- Graduation date
- Presentation titles
Weakness: There is no way to know what type of student will be there, making it hard to know if you’ll be on track with your goal- unless you’re visiting a feeder-institution for your program.
Cost of Utah’s circuit (early registration): $800/all 8 fairs – $125/individual fairs. Possibly costs for table supplies and printing costs for handouts.
Strengths: Easy to learn, fast to use, messages go directly to prospective students who are actively looking, potential candidates can make initial contact and be responded to easily and quickly.
How to use: Contact Heather Zollinger with any questions or to be added to your program(s) Gradschoolmatch profile.
Weakness: Might not expand program in ways that meet goals.
Cost: Possibly printing costs for handout.
How to use: Contact the undergrad program contact to discuss acquiring a list of prospective students or having a message coming directly from the coordinator to prospective students.
Information requests: Don’t let these go unnoticed. These prospective students are interested in your program and are giving you a way to contact them directly.
Networking with other universities: Some professors have recruited successfully by forming relationships with other professors in their field and asking these contacts if they know of any undergraduate students in their programs that might be a good fit.