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Get serious about college fairs in grades 11 and 12

Monday, August 20, 2012
Once students enter their junior and senior years of high school, it is time for them to give some serious thought to the college search. However, many students find this to be a daunting process and don’t know where to begin. A college fair is a good starting point, as it  allows students to speak with the admissions officers from a number of schools and to begin comparing their postsecondary options.

However, before attending a college fair, students may want to read what Melody Pierce, the interim senior associate director of recruitment for Albany State University, in Albany, Georgia, recently had to say regarding questions students should ask admissions officials and how they should follow up on that information after the college fair.

Junior year

The questions: In their junior year, students will probably have a better sense of what they want out of a college than they did as freshmen, Pierce said. If students are interested in certain schools, she suggests students ask questions about the types of scholarships these colleges and universities offer, the criteria for these awards, the admissions process, and dates for upcoming open houses and campus tours. Students can also ask for the counselor’s business card or E-mail address in case they have more questions.

The follow-up: After attending a college fair, Pierce advises students to use the E-mail addresses they have collected to develop a relationship with the admissions counselors from schools they are interested in attending.

"[Students] may say, 'I just took my SAT,' or, 'I'm getting ready to build my class schedule. How many math classes do I need to have again?'" Pierce said. "This is just a checkpoint to make sure the student is on the right track."

Senior year

The questions: During their senior year of high school, Pierce said students should pick out three or four schools they could see themselves attending.

"[The] student should go right to those three or four top schools and inquire about tuition and scholarship deadline dates," Pierce said. "They need to know the application deadline date. They need to know if there's a cap on the number of freshmen the school receives and how many times they can take the SAT or ACT. They are asking these pertinent questions because they are ready, poised and wanting to get into these schools. They are asking the meat-and-potato questions."

The follow-up: When attending a college fair as a senior, Pierce said students should get admissions counselors’ E-mail addresses and contact information.

"Send that counselor an E-mail to introduce yourself and let them know you want to do a checkpoint and that you are sending your transcript in," Pierce said. "Ask if you can get on their mailing list so you can stay in the know."ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800844387-ADNFCR - helping you find colleges and universities that offer the accredited programs that most interest you.

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