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40th Annual Chester County College Fair Offers Attractive Options for Students’ Futures

Downingtown, PA – Over 100 colleges from across the nation joined the Chester County College Fair on October 17 at the United Sports in Downingtown, where high school students and their parents were eager to learn about their post-secondary options. Approximately 1,000 students and their families were in attendance and explored colleges and universities from coast to coast.  


“The Chester County College Fair was beyond our expectations. My son's future goal is an equine science career and he only had one college on his list before attending this amazing event. After talking to the different colleges and universities that were represented at the college fair, my son has compiled a list of seven schools that he is researching along the east coast,” stated Mrs. Gober, mother of a Collegium Charter School junior. 


“The college fair ran so smoothly and was easy to navigate. The pre-registration only took a few minutes and the alphabetical order of participating schools helped with overcrowding and provided the opportunity for real discussion with the colleges and universities my son was interested in speaking with. The Strive Scan QR code provided a way for the schools to collect all his information in one spot and for us to receive information from those particular schools,” continued Gober.  


According to Jay Della Ragione, CCIU special events coordinator, fair attendance was excellent. “I am extremely happy that the first in-person fair since 2019 had such an amazing turnout. Seeing a room full of organizations, students and parents connecting with one another to learn more about post-secondary education is truly inspiring. I would like to give a special shout out to the West Bradford Fire Company, United Sports, Signal 88 and CCIU's maintenance team for all of their assistance,” said Della Ragione.  


The Chester County College Fair was designed to provide students the opportunity to meet with representatives from a wide variety of colleges and universities. The fair also featured several nursing schools, technical and trade schools and military branches. During the event, the representatives and participants discussed admission requirements, financial aid, campus life and academic programs.  


Among the participating colleges and universities were Bloomsburg University, Drexel University, Immaculata University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, and West Chester University. Out-of-state institutions included Clemson University, High Point University, University of Alabama, University of Delaware, University of Mary Washington, University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech.