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College fair slated for Saturday

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Alex Ross Photo The Lt. Godfrey Athletic Center on the New Mexico Military Institute campus will be the site of the Southeast New Mexico State College Fair this Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. This year’s fair is sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Association for College Admissions Counseling with representatives from more than 40 colleges and universities in attendance. Students can register ahead of time at www.gotocollegefairs.com.

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Students, their families and representatives from more than 40 colleges will be at the New Mexico Military Institute campus this Saturday for the Seventh Annual Southeast New Mexico College Fair.

The fair, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Association for College Admissions Counseling, will take place from noon to 2 p.m. in the Lt. Godfrey Athletic Center at NMMI, Major Susan Scott, co-chair of the fair and deputy director of the Toles Learning Resource Center at NMMI, said Monday.

An information session about the Daniels Scholarship Program, a four-year annual renewable scholarship program open to students in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, will also take place on the campus after the fair at 2:15 p.m. in Luna Hall.

Parking and admission are free and open to the public, Smith said. The informational session for the Daniels scholarship is also free.

Smith added that students typically come from all over southeast New Mexico to attend the fair.

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Smith said this year representatives from small liberal arts colleges, universities, research centers and this year the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Michigan will be in attendance.

Representatives will also be on hand from New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, California, Oregon, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Alabama and Canada.

“We’ve got a pretty good selection,” Smith said.

The fair is a rare chance for students and their parents or guardians to take part in the search for a college together.

She added that high school seniors are not the only ones who come to the fair.

“We reach out to all grades at high school and we’ve even actually had some middle school students as well come to see the options out there,” she said.

She added that the more time students take to look at colleges, the better idea they can get of what is out there for them.

Students who plan on attending can pre-register at www.gotocollegefairs.com.

They will then receive a barcode that they can either print out or have on their smartphone, which can be scanned by representatives at the fair, Smith said.

Pre-registering online will allow students to spend more time speaking with representatives from individual colleges rather than filling out informational cards for each school.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.