The 2016 FHS College Fair was a huge success! 66 Colleges and Universities from around North America were on campus, giving our FHS students grades 9-12 the opportunity to speak with representatives from a wide variety of schools. The colleges and universities here were public, private, in-state, out-of-state, and international – two colleges from Mexico were in attendance! Religious, art, design, music, and culinary schools had representatives here to share their programs with FHS students.
By comparison, last year’s College Fair, though a great success in its own right, only had 17 colleges on hand to share information with FHS 11th and 12th graders. The major difference this year is that FHS Counselors Laurie Blair and Marlo Scott worked with the TACRAO (Texas Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers) organization in planning the event. TACRAO plans college fairs across the state on a wide scale, and many of the colleges who are members send their admissions staff to fairs regionally. Our area had several fairs planned for this week, so we were able to pair up and offer our fair on the same day as another local district, with theirs being in the morning and ours in the afternoon. The scheduling worked perfectly, and permitted many more colleges and universities to be here than ever before. Many national and international colleges pay to belong to TACRAO so that their schools have representation at high school fairs across our state.
Through our TACRAO planning, Blair and Scott were able to gain confirmations from 51 partner colleges to attend our fair on 9/13/16. In all, 66 arrived, and our amazing campus staff was able to be sure that additional tables, chairs, and snacks were ready for every single guest.
All FHS students, grades 9-12, were able to attend the College Fair. It was truly a wonderful experience to see many freshmen at tables, asking pertinent questions, picking up brochures, and sparking genuine interest in postsecondary education. Sometimes that one little spark is all it takes to ignite the fire of hope in a child, and set them on a path to a successful future.