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Toolkits and Resources
Potential Students – all undergraduate students, and bachelor’s or master’s degree holders are potential MU graduate students. Faculty and staff should always be prepared to talk with them about what is graduate education, reasons for pursuing an advanced degree, and an overview of the application process. Potential students can be found in discipline specific conferences, student professional development events, at faculty invited lectures or visits to other campuses, etc.
Prospective Students – undergraduate students, and bachelor’s or master’s degree holders who actively inquired or contacted MU graduate programs or staff are prospective students. Faculty and staff should be prepared to provide them with more specific information about program details and fit, how to apply to the graduate program, how funding works for graduate school, application fee waivers, and some data about career outcomes. As the relationship is cultivated, other information may be pertinent, for example, data on faculty and campus diversity, about life in Columbia, and other resources MU has that distinguishes us from other institutions. Prospective students should also be encouraged or connected to MU graduate students who can provide peer-to-peer information about being a graduate student at Mizzou.
Applicant – prospective students who initiated or will soon initiate an application to an MU graduate program. Faculty and staff should be prepared to provide assistance on the bureaucracy of applying, refer applicants to resources on campus that can help them (such as the Center for Inclusive Excellence at the Graduate School, or admissions staff), and provide more detailed relevant information that can help them decide on Mizzou, such as, housing, life in Columbia, opportunities for family members, childcare, among others.
Admitted students – applicants who received an offer from an MU graduate program. Faculty who would be mentoring the students should be proactive in reaching out to welcome the student and inquiring about additional information they can provide admitted students; MU graduate students can also reach out to them to provide their point of view on next steps and their personal experience on deciding on the program. Additional information about resources on campus and around the community tailored to admitted students would enhance the engagement.
Enrolled students – applicants who accepted an offer and enrolled for classes. Faculty, staff, and/or graduate students should continue to answer questions and facilitate the transition to Columbia, MO and the graduate program. Information about housing, community resources, moving tips will help the student feel a sense of belonging.
When recruiting a diverse student body, there are some conferences that bring together potential students. Faculty presence at those, either presenting, attending, or in a booth, can help expand the reach of the program.
Other opportunities for recruitment can be found visiting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) – either in their Career Fairs or guest lectures/collaborations with faculty at those institutions. We compiled a list of Institutions in and around Missouri to help you identify potential recruitment opportunities. The List contains 18 institutions from Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Illinois, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Kentucky.