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Choosing the right college for you

October 15, 2003

Photo of the Gator mascot standing next to a studentHoping to attend college in fall 2004? Budget cuts and enrollment pressures have forced many four-year universities and community colleges to close their application deadlines earlier than usual. To help students and parents with the selection process, San Francisco State University will hold two college fairs this month.

The San Francisco Area College Fair will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center at San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave. Representatives from various Bay Area colleges will be on hand to answer questions about admissions, financial aid, housing and applications. The fair will also feature admission and financial aid workshops for students and parents.

The San Francisco/Northern Peninsula College Fair will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Serramonte Center Mall in Daly City. Take a break from browsing the mall to speak to more than 70 representatives from the California State University system, University of California system, Bay Area community colleges, private California colleges, out-of-state universities and personnel from various military branches. Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese speakers will also be available to help with translations. In past years, more than 2,000 people have attended the fair.

The college fair this year revolves around the theme of "A Family Affair" and is sponsored by San Francisco State University, South San Francisco Unified School District and Jefferson Union High School District.

The California budget crisis has forced some colleges to set the fall 2004 admission deadlines earlier than usual and as a result students are advised to start their college selection process soon.

To increase their chances of being admitted, prospective SFSU freshmen and transfer students are strongly advised to submit applications for fall 2004 admission by Nov. 30. After that students run the risk of being turned away.

For details, see the prospective students site.

Students are encouraged to apply to SFSU online at CSU Mentor.

For details on both college fairs, contact Jeannette McClendon at SFSU Student Outreach Services at (415) 338-7168.

-- Christina Holmes with Public Affairs Student Writer Audrey Tang


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