The College Fair is directed at high school students. For high school teachers and college counselors, however, the app could easily be used to help students begin or refine their search for colleges and universities. While some students have the advantage of guidance from family or other adults, many students don't have much of a starting point when it comes time to start identifying potential schools. The College Fair includes a very broad range of careers and schools, from the familiar big names to the small and local.
Assist students by getting them to consider their priorities, and then narrow down school options by applying filters like:
- Availability of Greek life or study abroad programs
- Whether the school is in an urban setting
- Availability of ROTC programs
- Size of student body
- Cost of tuition
The College Fair is a free app (for iOS and Android) designed to help students navigate the college admissions process. The app offers a number of ways for high school students to identify schools, understand admissions policies and rates, and determine the costs of university. To help with the application process, students can watch videos on topics ranging from how to create a college list to finding an academic match.
To identify potential career paths, students can search by general career category (e.g., Information Technology or Arts) and then choose from a range of careers in that field (such as Telecommunications). After selecting, for example, Telecommunications, students can see specific options like Telecommunications Engineering along with a skills profile, recommended education level, and projected job growth (or losses) expected in the future. This can be further refined by state. In the Discover Schools mode, students can narrow down school options by applying filters. For students with more specific ideas of where they want to study, they can search by school, comparing facilities, availability of programs, and cost.
The most original feature of The College Fair is Kai, the app's chatbot. When using the chatbot, students can indicate an interest in a program like math, and the chatbot returns a number of schools with math degree programs. Students can then select schools of interest.
The College Fair is a useful way for students to discover potential schools and to begin navigating the often intimidating process of applying to universities. With the enormous number of schools to choose from in the United States, finding the right school can be a daunting process. With The College Fair, even though navigating the app is sometimes counterintuitive, students can narrow down their potential options based on their academic profile, the availability of majors, or even their career interests. For students unsure of where to go or what to study, The College Fair can help in identifying schools, costs, and even programs of study.
The app can be a good starting point for students who don't have a lot of support in the college admissions process or for students who are really open to schools that aren't nationally known. They can begin putting together a list of options to explore and get further advice on. In order to get the most out of the app, however, they'll need to provide lots of personal data.
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