DOWNINGTOWN, PA — Preparations are well underway for the 40th Annual Chester County College Fair. The college fair will take place in person at United Sports Training Center on Monday, October 17, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Representatives from colleges and institutions across the country are busy preparing to meet with high school students and their parents to discuss post-secondary opportunities. Attendees will have the chance to listen to representatives from coast to coast in a matter of hours, visiting college and university booths from Pennsylvania to California.
Coordinated by the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU), and sponsored by CCRES, the college fair is open to the public and admission is free. Each year, more than 2,000 students from 50 area high schools throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware visit the fair and explore their post-graduation options.
Because of the number of students we anticipate and to ease the flow of traffic, the fair will be conducted in three time slots based on the student’s last name. Please, see the time slots below.
- A – G: 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.
- H – M: 6:20 to 7:05 p.m.
- N – Z: 7:10 to 7:55 p.m.
Students and parents are encouraged to register and visit with as many colleges and universities as they can that align with the student’s interests. Attendees will learn about entrance requirements, financial aid, campus life and academic programs. Informational brochures and catalogs will also be available for additional information.
“There will be something for everyone at the fair, from four-year and two-year colleges to specialized schools,” said Jay Della Ragione, CCIU special events coordinator.
“The fair will feature colleges from both nearby and out-of-state counties, so it will be nice to have everyone in one facility. The students will be able to learn about different types of schools and speak with representatives about what they are interested in.”
Della Ragione added that students and families can also speak with representatives from the armed forces and career, specialized and technical schools, including Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Valley Forge Military College and the CCIU Practical Nursing Program.
Among the participating local colleges and universities are Drexel University Immaculata University, Temple University and West Chester University.
Out-of-state institutions at the fair include the University of South Carolina, Florida Institute of Technology, Hofstra University, University of Delaware and Virginia Tech.
The CCIU organizes the college fair on behalf of the guidance counselors of Chester County. 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/college-fair.
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