UW-Parkside Attends New College Fair
By Kelsey Hoff
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Admissions Department will represent the campus at the inaugural New York Times College Life Fair May 31 at Navy Pier in Chicago. Most of the fair's attendees will be high school sophomores and juniors, and besides attracting new students, the goal of this event is to inform these students about the application process and how to choose the right school, according to Cassie Vosters, UW-Parkside assistant director of freshman recruitment.
UW-Parkside was one of the first 10 institutions to make a commitment to this new event. Admissions chose to participate in this college fair, out of many others, because of its organization and the number of students it will reach.
This is not a regional college fair; it is designed to run like a national fair which attracts about 2,000 schools from all over the country. This is a unique opportunity, because spring college fairs tend to be small, and most high school students do not start looking at colleges until their senior year. By fall, juniors should know which schools they will apply to. The ability to reach them early in the spring is useful.Students from Chicago Public Schools will be bused to Navy Pier during school hours, and the fair will open again after school. There has been a rise in applications from Illinois over the past few years due to the UW System's membership in the Midwest Student Exchange, and UW-Parkside's location, size, and tuition costs compared to Illinois universities.