For many, applying to graduate school can be a daunting task. Year after year, the most prestigious graduate schools in the Untied States receive tens of thousands of applications for their programs, and for most, admittance rates are low.

That is why on Wednesday evening, students have an opportunity to meet with Donald Asher, an internationally acclaimed author and speaker specializing in professional development and higher education. Asher's website, donaldasher.com, lists that he has contributed articles to various publications, including The Wall Street Journal's online editions, CareerJournal.com and CollegeJournal.com; college.monster.com; careerbuilder.com; wetfeet.com; jobsmart.org; MSN home page and MSN Encarta (education columnist); USAirways Magazine (career columnist); The San Francisco Chronicle; The San Francisco Examiner; The Los Angeles Times' career development web pages; NACE Journal; and many others.

From 4-5:30 p.m., Asher will present his graduate admissions seminar in the UC Auditorium for the 18th year. He covers a wide variety of topics, such as why to go to graduate school, how many graduate schools to apply to, how to better represent your grades and how to stand out in the graduate school admissions process.

"For someone who has started applying to graduate school, I think the seminar will be very helpful," Tyler Mitchell, senior in logistics, said. "Getting into graduate school is getting more and more difficult. I'm looking for any advantage I can get."

After the general session, a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) session will follow from 6-7:30 p.m., also in the UC auditorium.

"I think students of all years (even freshmen) who are considering going to graduate school should attend this session," Stephanie Kit, associate director of Career Services, said. "It's a great way to start figuring out what it's going to take to successfully apply to grad school."

Last year, the Career Services department saw its largest ever turnout with over 300 students. After his presentation, Asher receives feedback from the students to improve his program.

The Career Services department primarily assists with graduate school admissions, but this is just one of many services offered. The office houses individual advising available on the topic, a lengthy graduate school admissions guide, critiques of personal statements and other resources.

Students can view Asher's presentation from last year at career.utk.edu/graduate.php.