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Graduate Experience

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A community designed for your success

As a student seeking a graduate degree from the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, you’ll have access to a wealth of resources and facilities to help you excel in your academic career and beyond. From fully equipped laboratories to flexible programs of study, you’ll experience unequalled opportunities for growth, professional training and development. We encourage intellectual diversity and cross-fertilization, and we take pride in our efforts to nurture creativity and innovation in our dynamic and collaborative graduate student community. 

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Admitted Students’ Weekend

Each spring, the school hosts an Admitted Students’ Weekend for applicants admitted to Ph.D. programs. This is a terrific opportunity for current students to support the newcomers, and many students agree to provide transportation and housing for new students this weekend. This is the weekend when potential students often make their final decision about whether or not to attend ASU, so student advocates play a pivotal role at our formal and informal activities:

    • A graduate student mixer
    • Meetings with degree heads and approach conveners
    • Tours of the school’s many research facilities, classrooms and other locations
    • A colloquium or other guest speaker
    • A hike (Phoenix is quite beautiful in the spring)
    • A BBQ with faculty and current graduate students

The authentically warm welcome and useful information we can provide in person this weekend help these potential students understand not only the vast academic resources we offer but also experience the collegial atmosphere, sample student life and connect them immediately to other students and to the place.

Although we do not typically host individual visits, some prospective students do visit Tempe on their own accord and meet with faculty. They may often ask to speak with current students, so you may be asked on an ad hoc basis on occasion to help out in this regard. If prospective students contact you directly, please send them to our graduate advisor for the most current application information and so we can follow-up appropriately with each of them.

Town Halls 

The past few years, the school has hosted Graduate Town Halls each semester, serving as an open forum for graduate students to ask questions or raise concerns directly to the school’s directorate. The Town Hall also serves as a forum for the directorate to update graduate students on important trends, policies and issues affecting your academic career, research and teaching. Your AAGS approach representative is another individual who can address your concerns and help bring them directly to the appropriate individuals.

Graduate Student Lounge

The Graduate Lounge, located in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change Building, Room 111, provides a space where you can socialize or study while on campus. The lounge has tables and chairs for studying, couches for relaxing and refrigerators for food. Informal collaborative meetings are held here and although you will have key card access, the school is not responsible for the loss of any valuables left in this space.