SC State’s TRIO/GEAR UP to Hold College Fair

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

ORANGEBURG, S.C. - The SC State University TRIO/GEAR UP pre-college access programs will host the fifth annual College Fair on SC State’s campus on Wednesday, Feb. 18 and Thursday, Feb. 19. On Wednesday, the College Fair will be held from 3-7 p.m. in the Bulldog Lounge of the K.W. Green Student Center. Thursday’s event will be held in the Fine Arts Center and Staley Hall from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Representatives from 30 colleges and universities from South Carolina and surrounding areas will be available to provide students with information on their institutions. The college fair will feature workshop sessions with admission recruiters and financial aid counselors, who will provide FAFSA assistance, college planning and guidance facilitators.

In addition, the college fair will provide graduating high school seniors the opportunity to conduct personalized one-on-one sessions with college recruiting counselors from colleges and universities of their choice. From these sessions, prospective college students will have the opportunity to obtain information on the various programs and majors offered at the institutions. On-site admissions, acceptance and scholarship considerations will also be awarded.

Larrie Butler, director of TRIO/GEAR-UP Pre-College Access Programs, is confident that the event will be a success.

“Our objective is getting students into the college of their choice. This is our fifth year with this project and each year it has grown larger and more successful. We are expecting the turnout to exceed that of last year,” said Butler.

This year the “college-ready” experience will be incorporated into the Parent Forum, which will be held on Feb. 18. The forum is designed to provide students and parents with advice on how to prepare for the college experience.

Students interested in attending the college fair are asked to select five colleges and universities in which they have interest for a personalized session regarding admissions, acceptance and scholarship consideration. Students should prepare to bring a portfolio containing their official or unofficial high school transcripts, five copies of their SAT/ACT scores, a personal educational goal statement and a completed FAFSA or parental tax documents.

For more information on this event, contact Larrie Butler at (803) 747-4801 or Tyron Clinton at or (803) 747-4801.

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