School of Graduate Studies

Finding the Best Students

Remember that the most effective graduate student recruiters are faculty, alumni, and current graduate students because they can provide detailed, first-hand information about your program and the career choices it will offer them. To attract the best students, be proactive; determine where students that are the best "fit" for your program come from, and develop relationships with colleagues at those institutions that will create a pipeline of new student referrals. Other resources that may help you find outstanding student prospects include:

  • Databases for prospective students
    • National McNair senior directory. The McNair Scholars Program is a federally funded effort to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who go on to graduate study. Each summer, the program submits scholars' names and intended areas of graduate study to a national database of rising McNair seniors. This database is sent to U.S. graduate schools that use it to recruit McNair Scholars to their programs. Please note that McNair Scholars are not charged the application fee for graduate admission. For access, please contact the School of Graduate Studies at 797.1189
    • GRE student scores database. You can use the GRE Search Service to reach a broad, diverse group of prospective applicants or refine your search to identify specific characteristics you are seeking - ranging from detailed geography selections, gender, ethnicity, academic performance, educational interests, and more. Choose from email address, telephone number, or mailing address to best fit your outreach style. For access, please contact the School of Graduate Studies at 797.1189.
      To learn more about using the GRE scores database, please review the Hobson's ETS user manual and search options summary.
    • EducationUSA. A global network of hundreds of advising centers supported by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. EducationUSA centers actively promote U.S. higher education around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about educational institutions in the United States and guidance to qualified individuals on how best to access those opportunities. If you are looking to expand international recruitment efforts, contact any of the 13 Regional Education Advising Coordinators that oversee different countries and provide logistical support and training for the advisers in their regions. These key individuals are great resources for understanding the various issues on the ground in their regions that impact U.S. institutions. For assistance or information, please visit
    • For additional assistance in recruitment of international students, please contact the USU Office of International Students and Scholars.
  • Graduate Student Fairs
    • Graduate student and career fairs happen across the country throughout the year. Click here to find information about graduate school fairs close to USU.
  • Interpreting Graduate Admission Exam Scores