What are Grad Visitation Days?
The Grad Visitation Days program is a 2-day program that provides interested students an opportunity to visit Central Michigan's beautiful campus in Mt. Pleasant, MI and to interview for available graduate assistantships in the ESS division.
When are this year's Grad Visitation Days?
The 2019 Grad Visitation Days at Central Michigan University will be held on Thursday, March 5th and Friday March 6th, 2020.
PROGRAM FORMAT AND PARTICIPATION
Is the same information provided on each day of the Grad Visitation Days?
No. There is a different agenda is assigned for each day of this 2-day program. On Thursday, March 5th students will learn details surrounding the ESS GA Learning Community and about CMU graduate programs. On Friday, March 6th, interviews for the various assistantships take place.
I am unable to attend the Grad Visitation Days. Are there other arrangements that I can make?
Yes, individuals that are unable to attend Grad Visitation Days may arrange to interview with desired departments via Skype. In order to do so, please indicate this on the RSVP form that will be sent to GA applicants in January via email.
I looked at the available assistantships and only saw one that I am interested in. Do I have to interview for more than that position?
Although we encourage candidates to diversify their selections in order to improve the odds of being offered a position, students that attend the Grad Visitation Days are not required to interview for more than one position.
If I attend Grad Visitation Days, do I have to attend CMU?
No, we understand that not every student that attends the CMU Grad Visitation Days will end up attending classes at Central.
PREPARING TO ATTEND GRAD VISITATION DAYS
What is the dress code for Grad Visitation Days?
The CMU Grad Visitation Days is a 2-day event. On Thursday, March 5th students will spend the day learning about the ESS GA Learning Community, the College of Graduate Studies along with various graduate programs (MAHE, MSA, etc.) in addition to learning about Central Michigan University. Business casual attire is appropriate. Friday, March 6th is reserved for interviews. The dress code on that day is business professional.
When will I receive my itinerary for Grad Visitation Days? How will I receive it?
Students that RSVP to attend the Grad Visitation Days will receive an email message from Dr. Dani Hiar (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a copy of the overall itinerary for the 2-day event attached. Personalized schedules with details surrounding the time and locations of specific interviews will be sent to students approximately one week prior to Grad Visitation Days.
MEALS, TRAVEL, AND LODGING
Will lunch or dinner be served during the Grad Visitation Days?
There will be a formal dinner with potential supervisors on Thursday, March 5th. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided on Friday, March 6th at no cost to the candidates. Any other meals are the responsibility of each individual.
I will be coming from out of town. Where should I stay during my visit?
Lodging for out-of-town candidates is offered during Grad Visitation Days. Attendees are welcome to stay overnight in a CMU guest room located in various Residential Communities across campus. Individuals who choose to stay in hotels must do so at their own expense. In order to request overnight lodging, candidates will need to indicate their need for accommodation via an electronic form that will be sent via email as part of the RSVP form.
How long will it take to get to CMU from the airport? Will I need a car?
There are 5 choices for airports to fly into, and they all vary in distance to Mt. Pleasant. MBS in Freeland, MI is approximately 45 minutes from campus. LAN in Lansing, MI is approximately 50 minutes from campus. GRR in Grand Rapids, MI is approximately 90 minutes from campus. FNT is in Flint, MI and is approximately 90 minutes from campus. DTW is in Detroit, MI and is 2 hours and 30 minutes from campus. Regardless of where you fly into, you will need a car or use a car service such as Uber or Lyft.
I am traveling from out of town. Will I be able to receive reimbursement for lodging, car rental, or mileage?
Unfortunately, no. CMU does not offer reimbursement for lodging (if off campus lodging is secured), car rental, or mileage.