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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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Media Contact: Kristin Sullivan, Office:817-272-5364, Cell:817-706-9811, kristinsul@uta.edu

ARLINGTON

The University of Texas at Arlington Office of Graduate Studies will host GradFest '10 starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St.

This free, one-day event is designed for those considering graduate or professional school. GradFest starts with a graduate and professional school fair that will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Palo Duro Lounge of the University Center. Participants can engage in roundtable discussions about admissions, financial assistance opportunities and test preparation from 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Both prospective graduate students and currently enrolled new graduate students will benefit from a panel discussion that will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Philip Cohen, vice provost for Academic Affairs and Graduate School dean, and Raymond Jackson, Graduate School associate dean, will lead the discussion panel, which will be comprised of alumni and current graduate students. They will discuss making the most of the graduate school experience and address topics such as mentoring, balancing school with work and life, and family life.

In addition, the UT Arlington Office of Graduate Studies is partnering with Kaplan Test Prep to offer a free practice GRE from 3 to 5 p.m. in Room 4 of University Hall, 601 S. Nedderman Drive. Those taking this online practice exam will receive a detailed analysis of their performance on the exam, including individual strengths and weaknesses on every question type. After the exam, an expert GRE teacher will provide a mini-GRE class highlighting strategies to use on test day while reviewing some of the questions covered on the exam.

As a part of this year's events, the Graduate Student Senate (GSS) will host a faculty/graduate student mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. in the University Club at Davis Hall, 701 S. Nedderman Drive. Faculty and graduate students are encouraged to attend.

UT Arlington, the second largest of the 15 institutions in The University of Texas System is a research university/high activity institution and one of the seven designated emerging research universities in Texas. With more than 7,000 graduate students in 30 doctoral programs and 74 master's programs, UT Arlington is a world-class institution attracting students from all across the country and around the world. More than half of the University's student population are students from traditionally under-represented groups with about 16.5 percent being Hispanic, 14.5 percent African-American and 10.2 percent Asian.

Visit http://grad.uta.edu/gradfest for more information or to register for Grad Fest '10.

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