Multiple universities to be represented at Rockwood College Fair

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The Rockwood College Fair is to be held on Sept. 22, with representatives from over 100 colleges to be there. The fair is making its return after being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vijay Viswanathan, Opinions Editor

“I think [the Rockwood College Fair] is an important time for students and parents to be able to gather as much information as they can about prospective colleges and their specific admissions processes,” College and Career Counselor Sarah Hicks said.

On Sept. 22, the Rockwood School District will host a college fair at Rockwood Summit High School, at 1780 Hawkins Road in Fenton. It will take place from 6-7:30 p.m.

In the past few years, the event was co-hosted by the Parkway and Rockwood School Districts, but due to capacity requirements stemming from COVID-19, each district decided to hold its own event.

Everyone who attends is asked to register online at strivefair.com.

If parking at Rockwood Summit does become full, overflow parking will be at Rockwood South Middle school and a shuttle will be provided between there and Rockwood Summit.

Hicks recommends that all high school students attend the fair, regardless of their grade level.

“Freshmen through seniors should really go, but really it would be good for juniors, especially if they’re just starting their search for prospective colleges, and for seniors, if they have already started the application process,” Hicks said.

Attendees can speak with college admissions representatives from over 100 schools and gather information about the college in general. Hicks believes that some good questions to ask college representatives were if the college was going test-optional, what scholarships were available and how to go about the college financial aid process.

“You will most likely have to wait in a line before you can talk to an admissions representative. There will be a long line at the more popular colleges, such as Mizzou,” Hicks said.

Hicks considers it a good idea to follow up with a college admissions representative after the college fair.

“It is a good idea to follow-up because that college representative can be a good source of information about scholarships and other things, and also can get you set up to visit their campus, whether that be in-person or virtual,” Hicks said.