Rackham's Graduate Student Programs office can help you to increase the pool of outstanding graduate students interested in your program. We can assist your efforts in a variety of ways as we collaborate to achieve your program’s goals.
Resources We Offer
- Prospective student registration and distribution of this student data to the graduate programs in which they express an interest.
- Instructions for requesting recruiting reports from MPathways.
- Resources and recruitment materials about graduate school at the University of Michigan for faculty, staff and advanced graduate students about effective recruiting activities and for distribution at recruiting events.
- The holistic review of applications is a central component in an effective recruiting strategy.
- Workshops for potential applicants about the nature of graduate school, the application process, and how to fund graduate education. Contact Graduate Student Success if you’d like to arrange for an outreach session.
Collaborative Efforts and Affiliations with National Organizations
Our recruitment efforts are a collective venture with degree programs within the University as well as with external organizations. We work with faculty and administrators at these institutions and organizations to identify and mentor qualified students interested in attending one of our summer research programs or one of our graduate degree programs. Our efforts are directed to attracting a highly qualified, diverse student community. Among these affiliations are the National Association of Graduate and Admissions Professionals (NAGAP), Ronald E. McNair Scholars programs at universities across the country, the National Name Exchange (NNE), National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Science and Engineering (GEM), the Michigan AGEP Alliance and the Big Ten Academic Alliance. Contact Graduate Student Success for more information about these organizations and for use of related data sets to contact targeted, potential applicants to your degree program.
Recruitment Fairs and Campus Visits
Graduate Student Programs works with graduate programs to make the most of graduate recruitment fairs, including special presentations to targeted groups and campus visits to the University of Michigan. These graduate fairs and visits attract talented students to the University of Michigan and create successful networks with other educational institutions. The students gain important information on the research conducted at the University of Michigan while the faculty and administrators let future prospects know they are welcome to apply. We have established relationships with schools across the country to attract top scholars to the University of Michigan.
Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)
Rackham provides the opportunity for undergraduates from across the country to gain research experience with faculty at the University of Michigan. This is an excellent recruiting opportunity for graduate degree programs, as faculty can preview the talents of these potential applicants. (There are similar programs for U-M students at all member universities of the Big Ten Academic Alliance and other institutions across the country.) The students are provided with a stipend and housing as well as funds for travel. Weekly seminars address a variety of issues such as financial aid, writing a statement of purpose, being successful in graduate school, and other topics to help prepare students for graduate school. The program culminates in a research symposium at which the students give either an oral or poster presentation. Many students have gone on to publish papers from their summer research and become graduate students here at the University of Michigan. Further details about U-M faculty sponsorship as well as student application are available on the SROP information pages.