Representatives from colleges and universities across the country and around the world converge on Athens for tonight’s PROBE College Fair. It’s underway at 6 o’clock at the Classic Center.
From the PROBE College Fair…
The popular Probe College Tour is back and coming to your area. Starting in September, students have the chance to meet with college and university representatives from across the globe. The tour includes 64 fairs spanning 11 weeks, with locations throughout Georgia. Participation is free and no registration is required.
The annual Probe College Tour is an opportunity to preview a large number of colleges and universities, at once and in one location. Students meet college representatives, ask questions, and leave with valuable information about admissions and financial aid. As an added bonus, many colleges consider attending a fair as “demonstrated interest,” which can become a weighing factor in the admissions process.
"The Probe College Tour is designed to "spread the word" about post-secondary education throughout Georgia," says Clint Hobbs, Probe Executive Director. "College representatives attend fairs, and often visit local high schools in the area to follow-up with interested students. In a world that is increasingly online, we find that meeting face to face is a timeless recruitment strategy for our college partners."
The Probe College Tour is attracting more schools from the southeast, and many outside the region. This follows a national trend as reported recently by USA Today. In an aim to diversity their student body, more and more colleges are deploying Regional Representatives to specifically recruit in out of state markets. Hundreds of representatives belonging to universities all over the country are staking positions across state lines.
"Astute enrollment managers recognize that having a strong "ground game" with recruiters in the field remains an effective recruitment strategy, " says Hobbs. "We welcome non-profit colleges and universities from across the country to Georgia. Students and families appreciate the connections they are able to make during a Probe College Fair and colleges can build relationships in the state. It's a win-win for all."
Approximately 230 colleges, representing 29 states and two foreign countries will visit between September and November.
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Tour benefits extend to high school guidance counselors through several hosted counselor workshops. Counselors get up to date information about college admissions and financial aid and have the opportunity to visit with college representatives.
“More than 400 counselors attend Probe workshops each fall,” says Hobbs. “We appreciate the opportunity to connect with these important people who have direct relationships with Georgia High School students.
- Find the closest regional Probe fair. Go to www.gaprobe.org/fair-locations/
- Students can visit Probe's Facebook event pages to review colleges that are scheduled to attend at www.facebook.com/georgiaprobe.
- Download the Probe College Tour Booklet. Go to www.gaprobe.org/probe-tourcalendar/
- High school counselors may register for an upcoming Probe Counselor Workshop at fall2019guidancecounselorworkshops.eventbrite.com/
ABOUT PROBE The Probe College Tour is organized by the the Georgia Education Articulation Committee, Inc. (GEAC) to stimulate interest in post-secondary education for citizens of Georgia. GEAC is comprised of volunteers from seconday and nonprofit post-seconday schools.
By offering two annual tours in fall and spring, GEAC brings together students, parents, counselors, administrators, and representatives of nonprofit post-secondary educational institutions including, but not limited to, colleges and vocational-technical schools. For more information please visit: www.gaprobe.org.