DOWNINGTOWN – Preparations are well under way for the 40th annual Chester County College Fair.
The college fair will be held in person at the United Sports Training Center on Monday, October 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Representatives from colleges and institutions across the country are busy preparing to meet with high school students and their parents to discuss high school opportunities.
Attendees will have the chance to hear from representatives from coast to coast in a matter of hours, visiting booths at colleges and universities from Pennsylvania to California.
Coordinated by the Chester County Intermediate Unit and sponsored by CERES, the University Fair is open to the public and admission is free. Each year, more than 2,000 students from 50 high schools in the southeast Pennsylvania and northern Delaware area visit the fair and explore their post-graduation options.
The fair will run in three time slots based on the student’s last name. A – G: 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.; H – M: 6:20 p.m. to 7:05 p.m.; and N – Z: 7:10 p.m. to 7:55 p.m.
Students and parents are encouraged to enroll and visit as many colleges and universities as possible that match the student’s interests. Participants will learn about admission requirements, financial aid, campus life, and academic programs. Information brochures and catalogs will also be available for additional information.
“There will be something for everyone at the fair, from four- and two-year colleges to special schools,” said CCIU Special Events Coordinator Jay Della Ragione.
“The fair will feature colleges from neighboring counties and out of state, so it will be nice to have everyone at one facility. Students will be able to learn about different types of schools and chat with representatives about what interests them.
Della Ragione added that students and families can also speak with representatives from the armed forces and vocational, specialist and technical schools, including Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Valley Forge Military College and the CCIU Practical Nursing Program.
Some of the participating local colleges and universities include Drexel University, Immaculata University, Temple University, and West Chester University.
Institutions outside the fair include the University of South Carolina, Florida Institute of Technology, Hofstra University, University of Delaware and Virginia Tech.
The CCIU organizes the University Fair on behalf of the guidance counselors of Chester County.
More information regarding the college fair, including an up-to-date list of participating schools, can be found on the CCIU website at www.cciu.org/college-fair.