Utah Higher Education Day
January 13th 2021, 8:00 to 10:30 am
All Junior Panthers
7:30 – 8:00 Colleges arrive and check in at main office
7:45 Students report to 1st Black
8:00 Students report to auditorium
8:00 – 8:30 Opening presentation
5 minute Transition
8:35 – 9:05 1st Breakout Session
5 minute Transition
9:10 – 9:40 2nd Breakout Session
5 minute Transition
9:45 – 10:15 3rd Breakout Session
10:15 Students report to 2nd Black
(College reps to 316 for Breakfast)
HOW TO REGISTER
Students register at www.gotocollegefairs.com.
Select “Students Register Now”
Select Utah on the map
Select the Higher Ed Day, listed by date
Select “Register Now” and complete the registration form
Select “Print my barcode” and print.
Students will receive an email two days before and the day of the fair with their barcode attached. This barcode can either be printed or displayed on their phone to bescanned. We do not recommend screenshotting the barcode.
WHAT IS HIGHER ED DAY
As college recruiters visit high schools around the state, they will help juniors start thinking about the college search and application process. These visits are a chance for students to connect with different colleges and universities across the state, learn about application deadlines and requirements, look into majors that interest them, and more.
WHAT PUBLICATIONS WILL STUDENTS RECEIVE
This year, students will receive the Facts at a Glance publication during Utah Higher Ed Day. If you’re familiar with this publication from past years, we’ve made a few changes that we believe will make it even more useful for students.
The front page of this publication is now an interactive worksheet for students to fill out as they talk to college recruiters.
We’ve included contact info (website, phone number, and social media channel) for each of the non-profit colleges and universities in Utah, including the technical colleges.
With these changes, we hope students will be able to capture important information about the colleges they’re interested in and be able to use this publication as a reference tool when they fill out their college applications.
HOW CAN STUDENTS PREP TO TALK WITH COLLEGE REPS
Students will only have a few minutes with each college representative, so helping them make the most of that time is important. Some things students can do:
•Make a good impression with the college representative: shake their hand, make eye contact, and introduce themselves
•Research the college ahead of time, including any majors the student is interested in
•Come prepared with questions on anything from tuition / scholarships to majors / college life
•Use the Facts at a Glance worksheet to help stay organized
WHAT QUESTIONS CAN STUDENTS ASK
Think ahead of time about the questions they want to ask the college representatives. Questions like the size of the college, or where the college is located, or even what majors the college offers can be easily Googled.
Take advantage of the face-to-face meeting with the college representative and to come up with questions that are harder to Google. Such questions could include:
•What does the college rep like about their college?
•Why did they decide to go there?
•What is the social life like on campus?
• Are the professors at the college accessible?
•What do students usually do on weekends?
•How many students are in a typical freshman class?
•What tutoring services are available to students?
•What are the college representative’s favorite and least favorite things about going there?
•How easy is it to get around campus?
HOW CAN STUDENTS USE THE FACTS AT A GLANCE BROCHURE
By including a worksheet, we hope students will be able to capture important information about the colleges they’re interested in and be able to use this publication as a reference tool when they fill out their college applications. Some things you can encourage students to do:
•Think seriously before Utah Higher Ed Day about three colleges they’re interested in attending so they can have questions ready to go before meeting with the college representatives.
•Use the contact section of the worksheet when meeting with college representatives. Chances are, students may have questions later. It will be helpful for them to know someone they can contact directly to get answers.
•It may also be helpful for students to take a couple minutes after talking with each college representative to write down three things they liked and three things they didn’t about each college.
WHAT DOES OPEN ADMISSION MEAN
Open admission is something that may come up as students talk with college representatives, but it probably isn’t a term students are familiar with. Open admission is sometimes referred to as open enrollment or non-selective admissions.
Simply put, open admission generally means the only criteria for admission is that the student have a high school diploma or GED certificate; the admission process is unselective and non-competitive.
However, students still need to apply to the college, and it is important for students to pay attention to deadlines and application requirements. Also, admission to the college does not guarantee admission to all programs or courses within the college. Some programs may be selective and require their own admissions process.