College fair to showcase almost 100 schools

MORROW — More than 2,000 high-school seniors and recruiters from nearly 100 schools will converge at Clayton State University next Friday for its annual college fair at the Student Activities Center.

Peggy Brooks of Clayton State said this year’s fair will be the first to go “all-digital,” making it possible for students to give out their information only once, create a barcode, and then have it scanned by each school of interest.

Brooks said this fits the way modern students — accustomed to requesting information via e-mail and the web — like to learn about possible school choices.

“Students nowadays will request information because they can do it easily,” Brooks said.

Streamlining the process of requesting info will also give seniors more face time with recruiters, she added.

“It will give them more time to talk with the students, to build a relationship with them,” Brooks said.

The fair is organized by PROBE, which conducts a roadshow tour of college recruiters throughout the state, making it easier for graduating seniors to shop in one place for the next best step in their educations. While the fair is co-sponsored by Clayton State and Clayton County Public Schools — and seniors will be bused from Clayton schools for the event — it’s open to everyone, including private-school and home-schooled students.

Among the universities and colleges scheduled to appear are almost every school in the South, ranging from giants like the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech to smaller schools like Young Harris College, Agnes Scott College and, of course, Clayton State. There are also a few schools, such as Colorado Christian University, that may not have been on seniors’ radars.

It’s all about recruiters finding “highly motivated kids,” Brooks said.

The fair will run from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Visitors driving their own cars are urged to park in the K, L and J lots on the Clayton State campus.

For more information, call Brooks at 678-466-4115.