Over two thousand Newark Public Schools (NPS) seniors participated in the District-Wide College Fair at Prudential Center in Newark. The event, hosted by the NPS Office of Student Support Services, introduced students to college admission counselors to help them navigate the college application process and understand the expectations required to prepare for college, technical school pathways, military options, and career success.
The goal is to increase the number of seniors preparing to enter and succeed in post-secondary education while contributing to the world community. Hosting a college fair is one way of providing our students with a level planning field to access important information about college and career pathways. College fairs allow our students to connect directly to admissions professionals and receive real-time information on the admissions process, graduation requirements, financial aid opportunities, institutional scholarships, internship opportunities, and graduation placement.
NPS seniors entered the college fair with copies of their high school transcripts, a college resource manual, and an NBOE bookbag ready for the task. Over two thousand seniors participated this fall, and over sixty college/university recruiters attended our college fair. Additionally, some colleges/universities offered on-site admissions to our seniors.
Newark Vocational Senior and NPS Student Representative Khaosara Adelakun said, " Thanks to the college fair, I've gained the knowledge of EOF programs and scholarship programs that can help me and my peers pay for college. Other students have said they like the variety of colleges and what they have to offer."
Superintendent León said, " We have very high expectations for our students, and our job is to ensure they have ample opportunities to follow their dreams after high school, which includes access to as much information as possible. This year's college fair provided NPS Seniors with the information and tools needed to make one of the most important decisions of their young lives."