College fair scheduled at Exton Square Mall Monday
WEST WHITELAND >> High school students and their parents are invited to attend a college fair Monday at the Exton Square Mall.
More than 230 colleges nationwide will gather for the 2016 Chester County College Fair from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Representatives from the colleges and universities will be in booths around the mall at 260 Exton Square Parkway.
Coordinated by the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU), the fair is open to the general public. Admission is free. CCIU representatives said more than 5,000 students from 45 area high schools are expected to visit the fair and explore their post-graduation options such as nursing schools, junior colleges, community and technical colleges, trade and skill schools and branches of the military. In addition to discussing entrance requirements, financial aid, campus life and academic programs with the counselors, participants can receive informational brochures and catalogs.
This year’s fair will also have special financial aid presentations to guide families through the FAFSA application process. In addition, students can learn about scholarship opportunities and get their financial aid questions answered.
Jennifer Shealy, CCIU special events coordinator, said there will be something for everyone at the fair, from four-year and two-year colleges to specialized schools.
“The fair will feature over 230 colleges and institutions from across the country, saving families time and money on college visits and helping students to narrow down their top choices,” Shealy said.
Shealy added that students and families will have the opportunity to visit with career and technical schools, such as the Automotive Training Center, the CCIU Practical Nursing Program and representatives from the armed forces.
Among the participating local colleges and universities are: Drexel University, West Chester University, Widener University, University of Delaware, Millersville University, Delaware County Community College, Temple University and Cabrini University.
Representatives from more
distant institutions will also be present, including: James Madison University, Virginia Tech, Gallaudet University, the University of Tampa, American University and Colorado Mesa University.
The Exton Square Mall Chick-fil-A will also be donating a percentage of sales back to support the program during the fair if patrons mention they attended the college fair. The money will help support next year’s college fair.
The college fair is organized by the CCIU on behalf of the guidance counselors of Chester County. The CCIU said the sponsors this year include: CCRES Educational and Behavioral Health Staffing Services, Wells Fargo and Advanced College Planning Solutions. More information regarding the college fair, including an up-to-date list of participating schools, can be found on the CCIU’s website at www.cciu.org/collegefair.
Students and families meet with college representatives during a college fair in 2015 hosted by the Chester County Intermediate Unit, which is hosting a college fair at Exton Square Mall on Oct. 31.