By Morgan Taylor – Staff Reporter
The Milford citywide College Fair took place at Jonathan Law High School on Thursday, March 22.
The fair was run by Law and Foran’s School Counseling Departments as well as some student volunteers from clubs in both schools.
“There were 94 colleges and universities represented at the Milford College Fair,” said Law’s College and Career Coordinator, Ms. Sylvia. “Institutions from all over New England were in attendance, including Harvard University and Yale University.”
Some schools traveled farther than New England to get to this fair.
“Schools such as University of Delaware, Savannah College of Art and Design, University of Tampa, University of Virginia, and Xavier University traveled a bit more to be at the event and meet our Milford students,” Sylvia said.
The gymnasium at Law was set up with a table for each college and a representative for each there as well.
“Each school had an admissions representative (or two) manning their table,” Sylvia said. “There were a few schools that had current student or alumni volunteers.”
The fair was a way for students from across the district, including private school nearby, to either start, continue, or retouch on the college search process.
“The purpose of hosting a city-wide College Fair is to provide an opportunity for students to explore all kinds of institutes for higher education,” Sylvia said. “Students and families can use the event to gain knowledge about a school directly from admissions professionals.”
Students are able to fill out forms to get emails from colleges that they are interested in throughout the fair.
“This is a chance to ask questions, which is important when making post-high school plans,” Sylvia said. “Students can start to get an idea about which schools may be a good fit for them based on location, size, major/course offerings, student activities, sports, and other factors.”
The age of students that attended ranged from freshmen to seniors.
“I found it interesting because as a sophomore it was my first introduction to the college process and I found a lot of schools in New England that had my teaching major that I am interested in,” sophomore Felicia Fanning said.
There was also two presentations taking place at the college fair.
“That evening there were two information sessions – one on the Financial Aid process, and the other on NCAA information,” Sylvia said. “Families were able to see brief presentations and speak with experts on these topics.”
There were also some new colleges that attended this year.
“We were pleased to host some new colleges and universities at this year’s College Fair,” Sylvia said. “Some of the new schools included Mitchell College, Savannah College of Art and Design, Skidmore College, University of Delaware, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Yale University.”