Recruiting some of the brightest and most talented students from across the country and around the world is one of the MA-HRIR program's top priorities. The annual Admitted Student Day gives prospective students a glimpse at all the Carlson School has to offer.

This March, all students admitted to the MA-HRIR were invited to visit the School. Participants enjoyed breakfast and welcoming comments from Professor Avner Ben-Ner, and Director of Graduate Studies and Program Director Stacy Doepner-Hove. The program included brief introductions to a variety of departments, resources and opportunities the Carlson School offers, including an overview of students groups like the Graduate Society of Human Resources Leaders. MA-HRIR students led tours of the building and answered questions from the admitted students before joining the potential students for an alumni panel, lunch, and social hour.

"The goal of Admitted Student Day is to showcase all the resources that would be available to students if they decide to accept our offer of admission, and hopefully convince those students to choose our program," says Patti Blair, admissions coordinator for the MA-HRIR program.

This year, 22 admitted students attended the event. Nine came from Minnesota, and the others hailed from across the country.

The day was specifically geared toward those students who had not yet made a final decision on where they planned to attend graduate school. It was an excellent way for potential students to connect on a personal level with Carlson School staff and faculty, and to address any questions or concerns.

"It was a great way for the students to see where they may potentially be living for the next few years, and to observe 'a day in the life' of a Carlson School MA-HRIR student," Blair says.

The event was sponsored by Eaton Corporation, whose support helped cover airfare and hotel fees for the prospective students.

Overall, 15 of the 22 admitted students who attended the event will be joining the program in the fall.

"I heard from several of our future students that they felt very welcomed, and it was great to have a personal face-to-face conversation with the student ambassador they have been emailing with for the past few weeks," Blair says. "The best reactions from students were a couple of hugs and big thank you's for all our help over the past several months."