The Annual PROBE College Fair will be held at Arbor Place Mall on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m.
The fair is an annual tradition throughout the state of Georgia and
will bring more than 80 institutions to town to meet with local high school
students and their parents.
The fair provides area students the opportunity to learn about colleges and universities from across the state, region, and country. For many of the colleges, this will be the only time they visit the area this school year.
“The purpose of PROBE is to help connect Georgia high school students with colleges and universities across the state and country,” said Bill Smith, PROBE executive director. “Our goal is to provide students access to as many colleges and universities as we can for each community in Georgia. Students and parents will have the opportunity to meet the college representatives and get their questions answered about each campus, admissions policies, scholarships, and financial aid.”
Students are encouraged to prepare for the fair
For the second year, students have the opportunity to register in advance for the college fair. Doing so will give each student a unique bar code. Students can register at www.gaprobe.org/students.
College representatives will have scanners at their tables during the fair and students simply have their bar code scanned to request more information about each school.
“The bar codes and scanners are ideal because they free students and college representatives up to have more productive conversations,” says Smith. “ Instead of spending their time hand-writing on hundreds of interest cards, students can take a few seconds to be scanned by college and then use the rest of their time talking to the representative about that school. Additionally, this is how college admissions offices prefer to capture student information.”
Tips for Students before Attending the College Fair
College fairs are fantastic opportunities for students to see many different schools at one time. However, because there are many schools and a lot of other students in the same place, they can also be a little overwhelming. Here are few tips for students to prepare in advance for making the most of the fair:
- Do your homework – and in this case, we don’t mean English papers. Students should find out in advance who is attending the college fair and decide which schools on that list they are most interested in learning about. Then, spend some time online on each school’s website, especially the admissions or future student page(s). Here students can find facts about the school, learn about the campus, and look up admission and/or scholarship application deadlines.
- Make a list of questions to ask each school – once they narrow down which schools they want to talk with at the fair, students should write down 3-4 questions they want to ask each school. It is a good idea to stay away from easy ones like “How many students are on campus?” Anyone can find that one easily on most college websites. Students should try to ask questions about the culture of the campus, specific academic or extracurricular programs, or other questions specific to their interests.
- Pre-register – for the second year, PROBE is offering students the chance to pre-register to receive a bar code that can be easily scanned by colleges they visit with at the fair. This will allow schools to easily capture information and saves students from having to handwrite information cards. Colleges prefer the bar codes, so students should take the few moments to sign up at www.gaprobe.org/students.
- Have a back-up plan – what happens if the student gets sick on the day of the fair or has practice or a meeting during an evening fair? It is a good idea to have a back-up plan to send parents in the student’s place. At the end of the day, parents will play a major role in the school student’s chose and it is good to get them involved in the research process up front.