If you have read any of my posts, you know I encourage students to dig deep when they research colleges. Many students choose colleges based on the name and prestige of colleges without knowing much else. However, much more needs to go into choosing a college, including finding the best fit for you.
The late Loren Pope, who was the New York Times education editor and journalist, wrote a booked titled Colleges That Changes Lives* in 1996. As someone dedicated to students, Pope traveled throughout the country and visited many colleges. Pope wanted to bring attention to less well-known colleges for their “life-changing” success with students. Following the book release, the Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) organization was created to bring attention to smaller colleges that offer excellent academic and social experiences for students. There are currently 44 colleges and universities that members of CTCL.
Colleges That Change Lives now hosts college fairs highlighting the 44 colleges. The special college fair is coming to locations throughout the United States. The following are the dates for the fairs in the Western United States:
- Jul. 25, 2015 – San Diego, California
- Jul. 26, 2015 – Los Angeles, California
- Jul. 27, 2015 – Santa Clara, California
- Jul. 28, 2015 – San Rafael, California
- Jul. 29, 2015 – Portland, Oregon
- Jul. 30, 2015 – Bellevue, Washington
- Aug. 25, 2015 – Denver, Colorado
For the full list of CTCL college fairs, visit the CTCL website.
If one of the CTCL college fairs is near you, I encourage you to attend. The fair will give you the opportunity to learn about the wonderful opportunities that small colleges can provide that bigger name schools might not. You might even find a college that is a good fit for you. However, if you do not find your college, you will still leave with a greater appreciation for smaller colleges.
As with all college fair, I encourage you to prepare before the fair. Learn a little about each college attending and come with a list of questions you will ask the college representatives. Being prepared will make the fair less stressful and so much more productive.
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