Whether to pursue a graduate education is one of the biggest decisions individuals will make for their future. University of Central Florida’s College of Graduate Studies will host its annual Grad Fair from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Pegasus Ballroom at the Student Union to point prospective students in the right direction.

Regardless of the reason one may choose a graduate education, the first step is being informed about the options. One of the best ways to do so is to attend the grad fair, an open-house for the public to learn more about the university’s nearly 200 graduate programs, including master’s, doctoral, specialist, and certificate programs.

About 1,350 people attended the fair last year, and there are about 8,000 graduate students at UCF.

Graduate school is a good choice when the graduate degree will provide entry into an individual’s desired profession or advance their career.  While making the decision, individuals may also want to consider that 7.4 percent of the population ages 18 and older hold a master’s degree while 1.5 percent have earned a doctorate, according to U.S. Census Bureau. Completing a graduate education is a great way to stand out in the workforce and increase career opportunities for a brighter future.

The Grad Fair is an opportunity to talk one-on-one with faculty and staff members representing programs that interest you. Graduate admissions and financials staff members will also be on hand to discuss the variety of admissions options that UCF offers, as well as information on the fellowships, assistantships and financial aid available.

The fair is free and attendees can dress casually. Parking is available in any university lot or garage for $5. For more information, visit www.graduate.ucf.edu/GradFair or email gradadmissions@ucf.edu.

For further assistance, contact Leben Goldman, 407-823-1292, leben.goldman@ucf.edu, or Barbara Rodriguez, 407-823-2766, barbara@ucf.edu.