If you are a college-bound high school senior in public, private or homeschool, then you don’t want to miss an opportunity to meet one-on-one with college and university recruiters at the Alachua County College Day Fair.
Now in its second year, the fair is an official stop on the Florida College Tour and will be held from 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at Springhill Baptist Church, 120 SE Williston Road. Pre-registration is required and can be done at the student’s school or by email at https://bit.ly/31opXxc, preferably by Monday so that participating colleges and universities may receive student information to engage prospective students.
The Florida College Tour schedule is designed to allow participating colleges and universities to interact with the largest number of prospective students, according to the Florida College Tour website.
Marjorie Watson Thomas, chairwoman of the Springhill Community Impact Program Education Council, said the fair provides access and equity.
“Our main goal is to get seniors who have demonstrated college readiness in front of recruiters," said Thomas, who encourages students who have already graduated from high school to register so they also can benefit from the fair. She said every private, public, and charter high school in Alachua County and Gilchrist County have been invited to the fair.
Veita Jackson-Carter, a member of the Springhill Community Impact Program Education Council, said the college fair is about providing students with access and opportunity to sit face-to-face with a college recruiter and learn what their school has to offer. Free transportation to the fair will be provided for high school seniors in the School District.
The students will come to the fair in shifts so that each school has 30 to 45 minutes for students to interact with recruiters, and afterwards, they will exit to the Springhill sanctuary to discuss their experience.
Jackson-Carter said students are encouraged to prioritize their top three schools to make sure they get a face-to-face with a recruiter from those schools. She also said the main purpose of the fair is to give students opportunities they may not have otherwise to sit with a recruiter to learn about opportunities available to them.
“We’re educating the students about education and making good choices,” Jackson-Carter said.
Below is a list of colleges and universities that have confirmed their participation to date.
Florida State University in Tallahassee, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Ga., Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., Berry College in Rome, Ga., Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, College of Coastal Florida in Jacksonville, Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia, Southwestern University in Americus, Georgia, University of South Florida in Tampa, University of Central Florida in Orlando, New College of Florida in Sarasota, Florida School of the Arts in Palatka, Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida International University in Miami, Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Golf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia., University of Florida, Full Sail University in Winter Park, University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, St. Leo University in St. Leo, St. Andrew's University in Laurinburg N.C., Keiser University in Ft. Lauderdale, Lander University, Greenwood, South Carolina, Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina., Lynn University in Boca Raton, New York Film Academy in New York, Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, Paul Mitchell School of Cosmetology in Columbia, South Carolina, Rollins College in Winter Park, Santa Fe College in Gainesville, the University of Tampa, Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville and Florida Memorial Univirsity in Miami.