Thousands of HISD Juniors Attend National College Fair

Two hundred and sixty colleges and universities represented at the event

April 20, 2011
Most high school students don’t have the opportunity to travel to Rome, Italy, New York, or California to tour a college campus, but 5,000 HISD students attending the National College Fair in downtown Houston on April 19 had a chance to meet with representatives from colleges from all around the world.

“My parents would never be able to take me to all these schools, so this has really helped me to learn about college,” Ryann Martinez said. She is a junior at Scarborough High School who visited a number of the different booths at the fair. Roughly 260 colleges and universities took part in the event and provided information about academic programs and campus life.

“We have two-year and four-year universities with different majors—from liberal arts to very specialized colleges. It’s a nice wide range of different universities,” HISD P-16 College and Career Readiness Department Manager June Giddings said. She served as the co-chairperson for the event, which was sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

Students who were not able to attend the fair and would like to know more about planning for college can speak with the college access coordinator at their school.