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New technology puts students first at National College Fair

The National College Fair is back, but not without new technology to give students extra time at booths to do what’s most important – to learn about college choices. This year, the National Association for College Admission Counseling has more than 200 colleges available at the annual event on March 11, from noon – 4 p.m. at The Park, 800 Briar Creek Rd.

Pre-registration is available to families in North and South Carolina. The goal is for students to complete a few short questions regarding graduation information, home address and interested major. After they complete the online registration, they will be instructed to print off the barcode. Colleges will simply scan the student’s barcode to access their information and this will allow more time for one-on-one conversations and less time filling out inquiry cards.

“With this new technology, students will have the opportunity to have more time for one-on-one and not have to waste any time filling out countless info cards by hand,” said Phillip O. Berry School Counselor Latisha Dixon.

The free fair allows students and parents to individually meet with admission representatives from a wide range of national and international, public and private, two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Participants will learn about admission requirements, financial aid, course offerings, and campus environment, as well as other information pertinent to the college-selection process. At the fair’s counseling center, families can discuss their individual needs with CMS counselors and other college experts.

Prior to the day of the fair, the Southern Association of College Admission Counseling (SACAC) will also offer a free workshop, “The ABC’s of College Planning”. The workshop will introduce high school students and their parents to key aspects of the college search process on March 10 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at UNC Charlotte, Fretwell Building – 9201 University City Blvd., Room 100. Registration will be held from 8:30-9 a.m. Topics will include: grade-point average, the college search, college application process, how to prepare for the college fair, scholarship and financial aid information, standardized test options and case studies.

For more information about the Charlotte National College Fair, go to or call 800-822-6285. Details regarding SACAC or available at

Students may pre-register for the Charlotte National College Fair until March 11. 

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