COLLEGE AWARENESS EVENTS
In addition to the internet and book resources, there are a number of ways to learn about the U.S. higher education system and to research specific colleges and universities. Every fall, the Fulbright Foundation hosts a College Fair that over fifty U.S. colleges attend. Admission is free of charge. The event offers students a chance to talk to U.S. college representatives and to Greek alumni, and to gather materials on a number of schools. In past years, Columbia University, Davidson College, Northeastern University, Parsons, SCAD, UC Riverside, and Vassar College were among the participants. In the fall of 2010, Fulbright hosted a US Undergraduates Open House which presented an overview of the application process, art and athletic scholarships, and the role of extracurricular activities. If you are able to travel to the U.S., you might want to plan your visit around one of the National College Fairs or National Performing & Visual Arts College Fairs and STEM College and Career Fairs, organized by the National Association of College Admission Counselors.
COLLEGE ADMISSIONS OFFICERS AND ALUMNI REPRESENTATIVES
Many universities send representatives to visit high schools in Athens and Thessaloniki. In the fall of 2010, international admissions representatives came from American University, American University of Beirut, Brown, Emerson, Georgetown, Haverford, Johns Hopkins, Pepperdine, Reed and a number of other colleges. These visits are scheduled by the universities in the late spring and early fall. If there is a particular college you are interested in learning about, ask your school’s college counseling office if they can request a visit.
Greek students have been studying at U.S. Universities for many years and a large number of graduates have returned to live and work in Greece. Alumni are an excellent source of information for students interested in finding out more about a school. The Fulbright’s College Fair is often staffed by graduates who can answer questions about their alma mater. A number of schools use their alumni to conduct college interviews locally. In some cases, these interviews have no bearing on your application and are an excellent chance for a prospective student to ask questions. Some colleges consider the interview part of your application and request that the interviewer submits a written evaluation of the student. The role of the interview in the admissions process is clearly stated in the admissions section of a university’s website.
There are many ways to learn about U.S. colleges and the process can be time-consuming. Hence, we suggest you begin the process early in order to have time to consider all the information. The U.S. higher education system offers a huge variety of choices, and with research, you will find a number of suitable choices. Should you need additional help, Educational Advisory Services is available to provide guidance and to assist you in focusing your college list into a group of “good fit” college matches.