It is that time again when seniors, juniors, and even sophomore pursue the colleges of their choice in person. College Week in Philadelphia kicks off with an enormous College Fair at the convention center sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Representatives from hundreds of university and colleges usually attend. The NACAC later sponsors a National Performing and Visual Arts College Fair.
It pays to go to the NACAC website to register this year. Online registration provides a barcode with each student’s information, which can be scanned in lieu of filling out college forms at the fair. (Or, make a page of labels with the student’s name, address, and telephone number to save time as college reps are approached.) The NACAC website also offers a form for students with limited financial means to waive college application fees.
Free events for College Week are listed on PhillyGoe2College.com. They range from discussing the best colleges for students with learning disabilities and everything adults need to know about fitting college into their busy lives to workshops on financing college for middle & high school students and to help seniors complete college applications. See the list below.
NACAC College Fair – Sunday, October 17; 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall B, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Call 215.418.4700 for info.
College Planning for Students with Learning Differences – Monday, October 18; 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia Room 108, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA. Workshop leader is Rachel B. Sobel, Ph. D. of College Possibilities, LLC. Dinner will be provided and a gift card raffle will take place.
Everything Adults Need to Know About Going to College – Monday, October 18; 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia 4thFloor, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA. Dinner will be provided and a gift card will tale place.
College Prep Night – Tuesday, October 19; 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Community College of Philadelphia. Winnet Student Life Building S219 on the west side of 17thStreet between Spring Garden and Callowhill. Middle and high school students and their parents learn about financing college and college students share their experiences. Two $529 savings plan scholarships will be raffled off and dinner is provided.
College Application Workshop – Wednesday, October 20; 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Registration is required. Register for one-on-one application assistance or college application essay writing workshop. Call 215.686.0315 for more information.
Free Metro Philadelphia Christian College Fair – Saturday, October 23; 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Christian Stronghold Baptist Church, 47th& Lancaster, Philadelphia, PA. High school students, their parents, and adults in Philadelphia, NJ, and DE are welcome. More than 25 Christian Colleges from across the country will be present. Admission and financial aid workshops, music and food are included.
Free SAT Prep – Saturday, October 23; 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Walnut Street West Library, 201 S. 40th Street (40th & Walnut), Philadelphia, PA. Inside information from experienced SAT instructor to help improve scores. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215.686.5372 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday) to register and for more info.
ACT Exam date – Saturday, October 23. Cost is $32. Register at http://www.actstudent.org/regist/dates.html.
Additional college prep events include:
Cheyney University’s Free Fall Open House – Friday, October 29; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Cheyney University, 1837 University Circle, Cheyney, PA 19319. High school students and their parents are welcome to visit. There will be campus tours, an academic student fair, lunch and entertainment, plus on-site admissions process. So, bring completed application, high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores, 2 letters of recommendation and the $20 application fee. Call 610.399.2275 or 800.CHEYNEY ext. 2275 for more info.
Free SAT prep class – Saturday, October 30; 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Widener Branch Library, 2808 West Lehigh Avenue (28th & Lehigh), Philadelphia, PA. Inside information from experienced SAT instructor can help improve scores. Contact email@example.com or call 215.686.5372 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday) to register and for more info.
NACAC National Performing and Visual Arts College Fair – Monday, November 1; 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Hamilton Building, 128 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Arts students can weigh their choices for general degree programs versus degrees for a specific art discipline.
Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and University Fair – Thurs, Nov. 18; 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Temple University Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad Street in North Philadelphia. Registration is required. Bring copies of transcript for on-site admissions and scholarships. Professional dress is required. The fair is presented by the Philadelphia School District’s Office of Secondary School Reform. For more information call 215.4004130 or visit www.philasd.org/offices/scholarships.
Keep in mind, college expands a person’s career options and may increase earning power manifold. The time is now to swing into action and find the school of your dreams.
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