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53 regional colleges to join College Night

MARIETTA — Drawing from Ohio public and private colleges, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Marietta College is inviting local high school and middle school students to its recreation center from 6-8 p.m. today.

“It’s an opportunity for this part of West Virginia and Ohio to really get a broader idea of what school choices are open to our students,” said Vice President of Communications Tom Perry. “There are not a lot of college fairs in this region, and while we’re hosting this, it’s not just an MC recruiting event. For us, this is about being a partner in our community.”

State universities and small liberal arts colleges from across the Midwest will be in attendance today in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center.

“This can be a great tool for families to get a taste of some of the options, places they might want to visit over their breaks or over next summer and see what fits for their students,” said Perry. “We’re also having representatives from all branches of the military there, too. Even ROTC to share that option with students as they consider their futures.”

Ohio State University is among the planned attendees, utilizing the fair to speak with students not only from Washington County.

“I always enjoy going to Marietta,” said OSU Assistant Director of Outreach and Recruiting Dan Pohl. “Marietta has historically been a strong high school for us, and we’ve been increasing our numbers from Warren (Local) and draw a few from Belpre and Waterford. But that college fair is one of our favorites to attend because it draws more students from southeast Ohio in.”

Pohl said he makes rounds to high schools in rural southeast Ohio but typically doesn’t see as many fairs in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

“There are not a lot of opportunities otherwise to reach students in Morgan or Noble counties,” he said.

So with a free event on Marietta College’s campus, the fair offers local students the chance to speak with admissions recruiters from schools both large and small, all in one room for a night.

Perry said last year’s attendance at the college night included students and parents from almost 30 high schools in the region who saw exposure to both four-year and two-year institutions, plus trade and technical schools.

The recreation center is located off of Butler Street in Marietta.

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