Virtual College Fairs and Campus Visits
While this year presents its own unique challenges in researching colleges, there are also some wonderful opportunities to attend virtual college fairs and to ‘visit’ campuses from the comfort of your home. We would like to highlight some upcoming online events that are worth exploring.
The National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) will hold four virtual college fairs this fall, starting in September. Students and their parents can sign up at https://virtualcollegefairs.org/. Over 600 colleges and universities will be represented at these events, and the nice thing is you can attend more than one fair!
For students pursuing the fine arts, National Portfolio Day is an important event that allows students to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Representatives review student artwork, answer questions about their programs and discuss careers in the arts. This year the event is going virtual. For more information on when events will be held in your state CLICK HERE.
Colleges that Change Lives (CTCL) represents a consortium of colleges who focus on student centered learning. This year, in lieu of a college fair they are presenting a series of workshops ranging in topics from Writing the Personal Statement to Digital Recruitment and the New Landscape of the College Process and more. Additionally, each of the colleges will present an information session for students and parents. To read about the sessions and register CLICK HERE. Workshops begin August 15th, so take a look now to see what might interest you.
Virtual college tours are available for most institutions across the country. Youvisit.com is an easy to navigate site that offers links to a wide range of schools. It is a good place to start looking at schools before delving deeper into their websites. CLICK HERE to get started.
Despite the ever evolving challenges of this year, the silver lining is that you can open your computer, grab a cup of tea and learn about colleges while still wearing your jammies.