Virtual college fair lets students ‘visit’ schools
It must be frustrating for many high school students to be told by counselors and admissions deans that they should visit a range of college campuses before deciding where to apply.
While many students have the resources to travel, sometimes from state to state and region to region, soaking in different campus experiences, there are many others who don’t.
That’s where CollegeWeekLive comes in. The country’s largest virtual college fair will hold its next big event March 24-25, at www.collegeweeklive.com.
Students can explore, online, more than 250 colleges in all 50 states, and, especially important, get a chance to chat personally with admissions staff, current students and financial aid experts.
The fair is a good idea even for those students who can travel; they can get a sense of where they might want to go before hitting the road. Last year more than 50,000 high school students attended CollegeWeekLive to explore and narrow down college choices.
Shannel Brown, 18, a student at Anacostia High School, attended last fall's virtual fair. At first, she said, she was skeptical that it would help her.
"It just did not seem real to me--the whole thought of colleges giving me one-on-one advice to make the process of applying to college and filling out my FAFSA easier for me," she said. "I really found it helpful when I was able to talk to Spelman College and Kentucky State University admission officers." They assisted her with the application process and, she said, she was accepted to both colleges.
The Web site also has a long list of virtual open houses to specific colleges. Check for dates and times.
In April, for example:
April 8-- The University of Alabama in Huntsville TEXT CHAT
April 9--University of California, Irvine VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE
April 10-- The University of California, Riverside VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE
April 13--University of Florida VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE
April 15--University of Miami VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE
April 20--Mount St. Mary’s University TEXT CHAT
April 21--University of California, San Diego VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE
April 22--Texas Tech University VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE
April 23--University of California, Irvine VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE
April 24--University of California, Berkeley VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE
April 27--Washington State University VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE
April 28--Long Island University Brooklyn-Campus International Students TEXT CHAT
April 28--Long Island University Brooklyn-Campus Domestic Undergrads TEXT CHAT
April 29-- Wright State University VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE
And that’s just in April.
Go to CollegeWeekLive by clicking here and learn how you can participate.
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| March 10, 2010; 9:13 PM ET
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