Daily Local News (West Chester, PA)

Mall hosts Chester County College Fair

- Staff Report

WEST WHITELAND » More than 5,000 high school students and their parents attended a college fair last week at the Exton Square Mall last week to meet with representa­tives from more than 225 colleges nationwide.

There were booths for local colleges like West Chester University and Immaculata University at the 2014 Chester County College Fair held on Oct. 27. The attendees could visit colleges in other parts of the country at other booths, Chester County Intermedia­te Unit event organizers said.

A third-time visitor, Jill D’Ginto considers herself a “college fair pro.” This year, she attended the fair with her daughter, Liz D’Ginto, who is a junior at Downingtow­n West High School. Liz D’Ginto said she is interested in physical therapy. She said that

the chance to talk with representa­tives has helped her narrow down her choices.

“It’s convenient to have all the colleges in one place,” Jill D’Ginto said.

Representa­tive Jordan Moore, of James Madison University (JMU) talked with prospectiv­e students about entrance requiremen­ts, financial aid, campus life and academic programs.

“It helps get our name out there,” Morre said. “Most students in this area have at least heard of JMU, but it’s nice to come out and talk with them a little bit more.”

In addition talking with representa­tives from col- leges and universiti­es across the nation, students and parents were able to meet with representa­tives from nursing schools, junior colleges, community and technical colleges, trade and skill schools, and branches of the military service.

“What a wonderful place to host the event,” said Eileen P. Acello, the director of developmen­t and recruitmen­t for Saint Joseph’s University. One of her children, a high school sophomore, visited the fair for the first time. “The mall is a familiar place. It’s less intimidati­ng for students, especially the younger ones, to start looking around for the first time in this environmen­t.”

Participan­ts walked away with bags of informatio­nal brochures and catalogs.

“T here’s something for everyone at the fair, from four-year and twoyear colleges, to specialize­d schools,” said Jennifer Shealy, CCIU special events coordinato­r. “Attending the fair can save families time and money on college visits and help students narrow down their top choices.”

Among the participat­ing local colleges and universiti­es were: West Chester University, Immaculata University, Villanova University, Art Institute of Philadelph­ia, Temple University and Cabrini College. Representa­tives from more distant institutio­ns also were present, including: Virginia Tech, Case Western Reserve University, The University of Tampa, Manhattan College and Culinary Institute of America.

 ??  ?? Thousands of students and their parents shopped for higher education at the 2014Cheste­r County College Fair in the Exton Square mall.
Thousands of students and their parents shopped for higher education at the 2014Cheste­r County College Fair in the Exton Square mall.

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