Friday, October 30, 2009

Virtual College Fairs

It's college fair season, and if you're looking to save money on travel costs, students and parents may want to consider trying a virtual college fair.

CollegeWeek Live - Free, online events designed to connect prospective students with colleges and universities in a live, interactive environment. Attendees can navigate through a virtual exhibit hall and visit virtual booths of over 200 colleges and universities where they can chat live with admissions officers and students. An auditorium offers live video presentations – and real time Q&A with leading experts on admissions and financial aid. CollegeWeekLive also offers scholarship resources, networking capabilities, prizes and special discounts from event sponsors and participating organizations. Registration is required, but it is free.

VirtualCollegeFairs.com - Students connect with colleges and Universities across the country via personal chat and online booths. See campus pictures, watch videos and read student blogs. Students can also provide their own feedback about their visits to college campuses by posting pictures and writing/posting reviews. Registration required (they'll ask you for your e-mail address), but if you have a Facebook account, you can simply use that login to enter the site by clicking any of the blue Facebook buttons.

While nothing can replace the face-to-face contact of a traditional in-person fair, virtual college fairs provide students, parents and colleges/universities the ability to connect with each other.

For more college resources (test prep, test dates, financial aid resources, etc.), please see the library's Web page For the College Bound.

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