Virtual College Fair to Expose Students to Schools and Application Process


Photo by Kaitlyn Kittredge

Taylor Patterson, a representative and alumna from Purdue University, talks to students about the different programs Purdue offers, and the application process and requirements.

Throughout the month of October, the Capistrano Unified School District, PTSA, and Futureology are collaborating to host a virtual college fair. Partnering with over 100 colleges and universities, Zoom meetings are being held daily to feature these schools exclusively for CUSD students.

The UC, CSU, and AICCU fair took place on October 6, providing students with a quick look at different schools, and will host another meeting on October 16 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The virtual meetings occurring are free of cost, but registration will be required for all events. Students can register for the meetings by clicking “RSVP TODAY” on the fliers promoting the fair on their homepage. 

CUSD host week starts on October 18, and continues until October 21. This week consists of college showcases divided by topic, as well as breakout sessions where students may ask questions in an intimate setting. 

“Attending the College Fair is an invaluable way for students to explore the world of colleges and opportunities that await them,” said CUSD Futureology in an email to SJHHS parents. 

On the 18, the fair will feature the University of New Mexico at 6:00 p.m., followed by Texas Christian University on the 19 at 4:00 p.m. The University of Miami is being showcased on the 20th at 4:00 p.m., finishing off the week with the Johns Hopkins University showcase at 4:00 p.m. 

Each day of the week has a primary focus. Monday, the 18, focuses on showcases by region. This session is dedicated to exposing students to schools from all over the country, and includes six mini back-to-back showcases of colleges outside of the United States. 

Attending the College Fair is an invaluable way for students to explore the world of colleges and opportunities that await them

— CUSD Futureology

Tuesday, the 19, consists of college topic sessions. Hosted by expert college representative partners, this informational meeting includes topics of The Western Undergraduate System, College Athletic Recruiting, Testing in a Test-Optional Landscape, and a bonus showcase featuring some Cal State and UC Schools. 

Wednesday, the 20, is to include showcases by special programs. Six schools will be presenting on their special programs, introducing students to programs in business, art, nursing, and more. The session closes with two bonus showcases featuring the local community college and some California private universities.  

Thursday, the 2, will discuss hot topics such as financial aid, college admissions, undocumented student resources, and different STEM options. 

Although the week of the 18 is specifically dedicated to virtual college visits, there will still be meetings taking place all throughout the months of October and November. The remaining dates with scheduled virtual visits are as follows: 

10/25 – University of Colorado at 6:00 p.m. 

10/26 – Cal Baptist University at 4:00 p.m. 

10/27 – Northern Arizona University at 4:00 p.m. 

11/01 – Southern Methodist University at 4:00 p.m.

11/02 – American University Paris at 4:00 p.m. 

11/03 – Boise State at 4:00 p.m. 

11/08 – Southern Utah University at 4:00 p.m. 

11/09 – Marist College at 4:00 p.m. 

11/10 – Paul Mitchell Costa Mesa at 4:00 p.m. 

11/15 – Seton Hall University at 4:15 p.m. 

11/16 – Iowa State University at 4:00 p.m. 

11/17 – Colorado State University at TBD

Zoom links to these meetings may be found on the College Visits Page.