April 28, 2010

North Bay College Fair Highlights Higher Education Available to Students

Up to 130 colleges and universities from across the nation will be represented at the North Bay College Fair at Sonoma State University on Tues., May 4 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The fair will be held in the main gymnasium at the Rohnert Park campus and is open to the public.

Representatives from a variety of public to private and specialized schools will be on hand to answer questions and give out information on financial aid and the admission process. Schools from all across the country will be represented, including Penn State University, Claremont McKenna College and Lewis and Clark College.

Those who attend will be able to have face-to-face contact with college admissions personnel from a variety of post-secondary institutions for an opportunity to discuss course offerings, admission and financial aid requirements and college life.

Gustavo Flores, Director of Admissions and Records, has the following suggestions for questions to ask at this year's fair.

- Are faculty members interested in students and accessible outside of class?
- Do many students go home on weekends?
- Are the athletic facilities open to all students or only to athletes?
- Does the college have academic programs that fit my interests?
- Where are computer terminals located? Will I have to pay extra for computer time?
- Will I have access to special equipment (such as an electron microscope) as a first-year student?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of the college's advising system?
- How many students will there be in courses I'm likely to take in my first year?
-Are those courses taught by professors or graduate assistants?
- What kinds of campus jobs are available for first-year students?
- Will there be any new programs or facilities in the next two years?
- What are the college's recent graduates doing now?

The event is sponsored by the Western Association of College Admission Counselors (WACAC).

For more information or a full listing of participating colleges, visit http://www.sonoma.edu/ar/prospective/nbcf.shtml.

Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057