On Wednesday and Thursday you can collect college literature, have conversations with admissions representatives and attend college workshops without ever leaving home.
This is CollegeWeekLive’s third virtual college fair, and it can be an extremely economical way to research schools. While a Web-based virtual college fair will never replace an actual campus visit, the free fair does provide a lot of valuable information. Register at www.collegeweeklive.com.
This year planners expect more than 200 colleges and 25,000 students, parents and counselors to participate.
CollegeWeekLive offers live streaming video presentations from college admissions experts on financial aid, testing, college admissions trends and sports scholarships. It’s a great resource for parents who want to be involved in their child’s college search.
Additionally, there will be real-time interactive Q&A sessions with admissions officials, live video chats with current college students, scheduled college presentations as well as virtual booths for colleges featuring videos, webinars and podcasts.
Organizers have set up the site to resemble a convention center-style college fair. Tech-savvy students will be able to maneuver around the site easily. They will enjoy the virtual college tours, reading blogs by current students as well as the opportunity to instant message and talk live with admissions representatives.
A sample of topics:
“Choosing a College,” Rob Franek, The Princeton Review.
“Mythbusting the SAT,” Laurence Bunin, The College Board.
“The College Interview and Visit,” Bev Taylor, The Ivy Coach.
“Sports Scholarships,” Dion Wheeler, National Collegiate Scouting Association.
“Financial Aid Alternative: The Community College Experience,” George Boggs, American Association of Community Colleges.
“Financial Aid for Juniors,” Kalman Chany, author of “Paying for College Without Going Broke”
Free College Admissions & Financial Aid Strategies webinar, April 1, offered by Lee Bierer of College Admissions Strategies and Drew Waterbury of Ocean Advisors, 7:30 p.m. Register at www.oceanadvisors.com and select “webinars – events.”