By Alina Hunter-Grah, Chattanooga, Tenn. — The UTC graduate school will be hosting a graduate school fair in an attempt to attract a greater and more diverse set of students to the programs the school offers.

The UTC graduate school currently has around 1200 students, but the university wants more to help the university grow and strengthen through quantity and quality.

“The more diversity we have in students, the greater the programs across the campus,” said Dr. J. Randy Walker, associate dean of the graduate school.

The fair will be held Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Chattanooga room in the UC.

All of the graduate programs will have booths set up around the room where counselors, students, or faculty will be present to answer students’ questions. Students can find out how to move from one field to another, what field will make them a more marketable employee, or what opportunities will be available if they choose to take that particular course.

“The purpose of this fair is to entice and educate our current UTC students, juniors and seniors particularly, that these are quality educational programs on our campus that you can fairly easily move through as you progress into graduate work,” said Walker.

The fair will also provide students with a chance to network with other students and faculty in fields that they’re considering exploring.

Students who fill out an application at the UTC graduate school fair will have their $30 application fee waived. Refreshments will also be served at the fair.

“You don’t have to go to somewhere else to do it,” said Walker. “But if you like Chattanooga, you like UTC, you like your professors and the work that you have been doing, then why not stay here and do an additional degree?”

For more information, students can visit the graduate school webpage at www.utc.edu/graduate-school or can call (423) 425 4478.