College Fair flourishes at BPHS


Andrew Davis

Students and their parents peruse the countless colleges at the college fair on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.

132 colleges from across the country and 1500 students from around the area attended the College Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at BPHS.

Hosted by BPHS under the hand of Mr. Bruce and with the help of NHS, students from Bethel Park, South Fayette, Upper St. Clair, Mt. Lebanon, and Peters Township were invited to attend and learn about what various colleges have to offer.

Of the 1500 students who attended, about 50% were BPHS students according to a survey taken after the event.

BPHS students are all smiles at the College Fair.

According to Mr. Bruce, the fair this year compared to other years was much better; it was more spaced out and not crammed in the library and other smaller rooms as it was in previous years. The spacing this year created better flow for the students and allowed the college representatives to have more personal talks with students.

With that, the college representatives said that it was the best college fair they had attended in years. NHS provided hospitality for the reps. They hosted a dinner before the fair began and checked up on the representatives during the fair all night.

In the future, Mr. Bruce would like to change some things but not much, as he said the college representatives really enjoyed this year’s fair, and the format was pretty impressive. The changes would be subtle but left up to the students to decide.

To comment on the College Fair, click here to complete a survey.

In fact, any student who attended the College Fair is encouraged to take the survey to give feedback for the future of the event. They are always looking for more schools to join and even had a few colleges who called the day of to sign up.

Also, in the future, Mr. Bruce recommends that students from all grades attend, as it does not hurt to take a look early.

There is to be an event similar to this called “Becoming a Competitive College Student” which will include a couple of colleges who will help explain the application process and how to become competitive when applying to schools. Last year, this event was held at Upper St. Clair High School in February.