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April 6, 2016 – The University of Arizona Graduate College, one of the nation’s top 20 public research institutions, is currently offering more programs for review and matching on than any other university in the country.

U of A has more than 250 programs available on the platform. Gradschoolmatch uses a one-of-a-kind process similar to online dating — the service connects students and interested program administrators and then allows them to start a two-way conversation. The founders say it’s the online version of a graduate school fair.

“Since we signed up we have been impressed with the number of matches we’ve made,” says Stephanie Adamson, director of recruitment, University of Arizona Graduate College. “I find the site very attractive and easy to use.”

Gradschoolmatch research shows that the typical student only researches eight programs of the hundreds he or she may otherwise choose. The service has found that identifying prospects costs as little as $1.06 per student, a great savings over traditional methods.

The proprietary matching system was founded by TJ Murphy, Ph.D., who teaches at Emory University and envisioned a simple and inexpensive way to seek out the prospects his program needed anywhere in the world. He and his colleagues built an algorithm that matches students with graduate programs.

The system also allows programs to highlight their academic fields, rankings, stipends, scholarships, application deadlines and other details.

Gradschoolmatch’s unique messaging service allows prospective students to communicate directly with grad school faculty so they can get questions answered and start to build relationships. National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals research indicates personal engagement drives recruiting success.

“The coolest feature of all is that the schools can show interest in you, even if you have not yet found out about them, which is unprecedented in the search for a graduate school,” says Teague Cole, a student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

In addition to U of A, graduate programs from over 100 universities use Gradschoolmatch including Georgia State University, the University of Texas at Southwestern, Columbia University, Vanderbilt University, Washington University, University of Virginia and many more.

There is no cost for students to use Gradschoolmatch, and currently more than 375,000 students are part of the process.


Adam Shapiro