Aquinas hosts college fair


Courtesy Aquinas College

Aquinas College will host a college fair this week with more than 80 representatives on hand to talk with high students and their parents.

The Grand Rapids Area College Fair will be held on Thursday at the college's Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center in Grand Rapids, at 1580 E. Fulton St. The fair will be open from noon-2 p.m. for Grand Rapids area high schools and 6-7:30 p.m. for the general public.

The event is free, and people can park at the center’s parking lot.

Students are encouraged to register in advance via a smartphone app called Go to College Fairs to streamline the process of requesting information from colleges. Instead of requiring the students to fill out information cards at each table, the app will allow students to input their contact information once, then use a barcode to scan each college they’re interested in to receive more details.

Fair organizer Damon Bouwkamp, associate director of admissions at Aquinas, said the event offers prospective students something that they can’t get elsewhere.

“Every table will have information they can get online or in the mail, but the thing they can’t get online is the conversation and the one-stop shop of so many colleges being there at once,” he said. “They will be able to see from a first-hand perspective what the campuses are all about.”

Bouwkamp said when visitors walk in the door, they'll receive a map of the gym with the layout of the tables, as well as a bag to carry all of the handouts they’ll collect during the fair.

He added Lake Michigan Credit Union, a sponsor, will award one pair of Beats by Dre headphones at the fair.

Colleges and military branches at the fair

Adrian College

Albion College

Alma College

Andrews University

Aquinas College

Baker College of Muskegon

Ball State University

Bowling Green State University

Butler University

Calvin College

Central Michigan University

Cleary University

College for Creative Studies

Concordia University, Ann Arbor

Cornerstone University

Davenport University

DePauw University

Douglas J Aveda Institute

Eastern Michigan University

Elmhurst College

Empire Beauty School

Ferris State University

Finlandia University

Grace Bible College

Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Grand Valley State University

Hillsdale College

Holy Cross College

Hope College

Indiana Institute of Technology

Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana U-Purdue U of Indianapolis

Kalamazoo College

Kellogg Community College

Kendall College of Art and Design

Kettering University

Kuyper College 

Lake Michigan College

Lake Superior State University

Lawrence Tech University

Loyola University, Chicago

Madonna University

Marion University

Marquette University

Michigan Air National Guard

Michigan Career & Technical Institute

Michigan Colleges Alliance

Michigan National Guard

Michigan State University

MSU, Institute of Agriculture Tech.

Michigan Tech University

Northern Michigan University

Northwood University

Oakland University

Ohio State University

Olivet College

Penn State University

Purdue University

Purdue University Northwest

Ripon College

Rochester College

Saginaw Valley State University

Savannah College of Art & Design

Siena Heights University

Spring Arbor University

Trinity Christian College

T2C Studio

U.S. Coast Guard Academy

U.S. Navy

University of Cincinnati

University of Dayton

University of Detroit Mercy

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

University of Michigan, Dearborn

University of Michigan, Flint

University of Notre Dame

University of Saint Francis

Valparaiso University

Wayne State University

Western Michigan University


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