College fair opens doors for students

HOUSTON The fair allows students and parents to meet one-on-one with admission representatives from a wide range of national and international, public and private, two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Students will learn about admission requirements, financial aid, course offerings, and campus environment, as well as other information pertinent to the college-selection process.

"We are very serious about our mission to graduate all students ready for the rigors of college and/or the workforce. Our goal is to not only to create students that are well prepared academically, we also are working to ensure that our students are assisted through the processes for gaining entrance into a college or university of their choice and we want our students to have many choices after they graduate," said HISD's Chief Academic Officer Dr. Karen Garza. "The National College Fair is a wonderful opportunity to expose students and their families to the many wonderful colleges and universities throughout this state and nation in order to assist them in making these important decisions."

The National College Fair is sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and hosted by the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (TACAC). HISD's access college coordinators will also provide vital college information to students and parents.

"This year, almost 200 schools will be represented by admission professionals," said Tamara Siler, Rice University Senior Associate Director of Admission. "I hope students and parents will take advantage this fair, which will expose them to one of the most diverse group of colleges and universities to be found at a college fair in the Greater Houston area."

The national college fair program provides valuable resources for students and parents attempting to navigate the college-admission process.

"The resources and opportunities that the National College Fairs provide for students and their families are invaluable," said NACAC Director of National College Fairs Programs and Services Greg Ferguson. "And admission professionals have been delighted by the caliber of students attending our programs."

Now in its 36th year, the National College Fair program annually helps more than 800,000 students and families nationwide explore their options for higher education, making it one of the most visible college recruitment tools in the country.

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