There are several resources at your disposal to assist with graduate recruitment. Please review the information below and feel free to contact one of the following individuals to discuss your needs in more detail:
Johnna W. Watson, Associate Dean for Admissions and Enrollment Management
Maryanne Maree-Sams, Graduate Admissions Counselor
Allison Brinkley, Graduate Admissions Counselor (for the Belk College of Business)
Marianne Williford, Graduate Admissions Counselor
Kathy Giddings, Director of Graduate Admissions
Tips for Successful Recruitment
Interested in learning more about identifying and recruiting students to your graduate program? Explore the recruitment tips below for information and tools to streamline your efforts including where to search for students, developing recruitment materials, and communicating with your prospects.
Maintain an up-to-date website
Keeping your program website up to date will aid prospective students in making preliminary decisions on what programs to contact and what questions to ask.
Communicate Regularly with Prospective Students
Follow-up with students in UNC Charlotte's Prospective Student Database (eGRAD); contact Kathy Giddings in the Graduate School for more information.
Host an Information Session
Hosting an Information Session or Open House for prospective students allows an opportunity for them to visit campus, to meet currently enrolled students, alumni, faculty and staff, and tour the program's facilities. Contact Maryanne Maree-Sams in the Graduate School to arrange a Prospective Student Information Session. The Graduate School utilizes AdmissionPro's Event Management System for students to provide an electronic RSVP for the Information Sessions/Open Houses.
Host an evening or weekend telethon for faculty or currently enrolled graduate students to call prospective applicants.
Attend a Graduate Recruitment Fair
Representatives from the UNC Charlotte Graduate School anticipate participating in select recruitment fairs throughout the year. Contact Maryanne Maree-Sams in the Graduate School for more information about participating with our Enrollment Counselors in these events.
International Student Recruitment/Recruitment Fairs (available through the NAFSA website)
Purchase names and contact information of prospective students using the GRE Search. To access the GRE Search site, go to the ETS site, click on GRE, then on GRE Educators (on the left side of the site), then click on 'Get General Test Details', and then on 'Student Recruitment' on the top of the site (contact Maryanne Maree-Sams in the Graduate School for more information).
Offer an Early Entry Program
Encourage UNC Charlotte juniors with a strong GPA to apply to the Early Entry program (if your program has one).
Support and encourage continuing students to register for classes; retaining the class is as important as enrolling the new class of students.
Offer an Accelerated Master’s Program
Academically talented high school seniors and undergraduate UNC Charlotte freshmen are encouraged to apply for admission to an Accelerated Master's Program and begin work toward a graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree. Visit the Graduate Admissions website for additional information on Accelerated Master's Programs.
Establish Linkages with Foreign Institutions
Establish "pipelines' with colleagues at other universities (both domestic and international) to recruit top students; offer to visit the institution to recruit students. Capitalize on the University's existing links with institutions around the globe to build collaborative partnerships.
Utilize Academic Opportunities and Professional Development Events
Initiate summer research programs to bring exemplary students to campus and then use the opportunity to recruit them to your graduate program.
Advertise in professional conference proceedings in your discipline or in interdisciplinary programs focused on diversity, such as the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science and Engineering [SACNAS], the Society of Women Engineers, and Opt-Ed (N.C. Alliance to Create Opportunity Through Education).
Utilize Social and New Media Tools
Develop a PowerPoint, Flash or other multi-media presentation to show at conferences and when visiting other universities that will provide prospective students with a visual representation of your program, facilities, and people.
Utilize social media to promote your program online using both paid and free tools.
Contact your Prospective Students Regularly
Communication is an important aspect of any recruitment process.
Develop and Implement an Undergraduate Summer Research Program
Undergraduate Summer Research Programs are an invaluable way to connect with exemplary students.