Higher Education Fair at DakotaDome Thursday Colleges and universities from Illinois to Colorado � including most of the South Dakota post-secondary schools � Lined up on the field of the USD DakotaDome on Thursday, Oct. 23, for the annual Post-High School Planning Day.
High school students from throughout the area were able to visit with representatives from more than 80 colleges and other post-secondary institutions participating in the fairs, which were free for high school students and their parents. Most area high schools participated.
High school juniors and seniors attending the programs were also be able to enter a drawing for a $500 scholarship, which will be valid at any of the participating South Dakota educational institutions. One scholarship will be awarded for each of the four weeks of programs being held throughout the state during October and are made available by the Dakota Association for College Admission
Counseling. The fairs are co-sponsored by area high schools and the Dakota ACAC.
Institutional representatives from all of South Dakota's public universities, technical institutes and most private colleges were on hand to answer questions. More than 50 out-of-state schools also participated, including universities and college from Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, New York, North Dakota, Montana, Kansas, Wisconsin and Colorado.
Lending institutions were present to provide information on financial aid. In addition, representatives from the military services were available to answer cover issues about their programs and about funding available through the services.
"With the 'No Child Left Behind' Act calling upon schools to encourage individual student success, these programs are an excellent opportunity for students to explore the many options available to them as they look beyond high school graduation," said Tom Cool, executive director of the Dakota ACAC. "The programs offer an excellent chance for high school students to obtain a great deal of information in a short period of time."
Cool noted that the programs are intended as part of an overall process, and that students are not expected to complete application for admission at this time.
"We feel that this is an important first step for students and that it should be followed by more research and very definitely by a visit to the students top two or three picks of post-secondary institutions," said Cool.
This fair marks the end of the 2003 schedule which includes programs at 21 sites throughout the state and is expected to involve more than 13,000 students from nearly every school in South Dakota.