WASHINGTON, D.C., October 30, 2015 – For the first time, on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, University of the Potomac participated in the annual college fair, sponsored by the Virginia-based National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), and held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
The fair was an opportunity for the university to showcase its academic programs and meet high school juniors and seniors contemplating college attendance as the next step in their future. Scores of colleges and universities, both domestic and international, were present with career offerings ranging from cordon bleu cooking to advanced math and science programs. The fair typically attracts over 6,000 visitors including students, their parents and high school counselors. Counselors from NACAC also lend an air of impartiality to the event by advising students about the college process, including requirements for admissions, tuition costs and financial aid, and the differences among public colleges, private non-profit colleges and for-profit institutions.
Students were advised to come with lists of questions for college representatives. They were well-prepared with questions ranging from “Do you have biomedical engineering?” to “What do you offer for autistic students?” and even “Are you cheaper than the other schools in D.C.?’’ The student who asked about cost said “it was the most important question for him, because he knew of kids who never completed their degrees because of high tuition and living costs.” The biggest surprise was the substantial number of 12 and 13-year olds who were excited about attending college in the future. One girl said “my teacher made us come” and she never knew there were “SO many schools to choose from.” Another welcome sight was a woman collecting information for her daughter, her sister, her cousin and a niece, some of college age, some older. Happy faces were everywhere; let’s hope they turn into satisfied customers in the not too distant future!
NACAC was founded in 1937 and is an organization of 15,000 professionals. The organization’s mission is to serve students while they decide on pursuing postsecondary education.
About University of the Potomac
University of the Potomac is a regionally-accredited school designed around the needs of working adults. With campuses in Virginia, Washington, DC and online, the college specializes in Associates, Bachelors and Masters Degree programs in high demand fields. The curriculum is carefully adjusted to reflect current industry standards for each program, thereby minimizing the number of general education courses and enabling students to delve into their chosen area of study more quickly.
University of the Potomac is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000.