Downtown: Want tips on college? Tampa fair has details
The four-hour event - expected to bring in more than 3,000 students - is free and open to the public.
By DENISE WATSON BATTS
Published February 27, 2004
More than 3,000 students are expected to attend the National College Fair on Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center.
The four-hour fair begins at noon and includes workshops on the college admissions process, financial aid, SAT and ACT tests, NCAA rules and regulations for athletes, and military programs. The fair is free and open to the public, particularly high school and community college students.
Kathy Dunmire Ralph, chairwoman of the fair and associate dean of admissions at Eckerd College, said the event will offer students one-stop shopping for colleges. More than 150 schools are participating, and representatives will answer questions and offer advice.
"It's a personalized approach, rather than going through their guidebooks," Ralph said. "It also provides an opportunity for a family to come and learn about the college process, not just the student."
About 30 Florida schools have registered, including Bethune-Cookman College, Florida State University and the universities of Miami and Tampa.
Schools from around the country and abroad have signed up, such as Richmond - The American International University in London, Hawaii Pacific University, St. John's University in New York and the University of San Francisco.
The Tampa fair is one of several nationwide sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. It marks the third at the convention center.