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Applying to college? These virtual events offer information, save you money

Posted October 21, 2020 6:22 a.m. EDT
Updated October 21, 2020 9:48 a.m. EDT

— Even in the middle of a pandemic, some deadlines do not move. That's why the College Foundation of North Carolina has designated October as College Application Month.

Independent colleges and universities in North Carolina are holding virtual college fairs until Friday. High school seniors across North Carolina looking to apply to college can check out these schools remotely during the pandemic.

Thirty-six schools are available to view through the virtual fair. Some schools will offer a virtual "walk-and-talk" tour of campus.

On Wednesday, Johnson C. Smith University, Lees-McRae College, Pfeiffer University and Livingston College will hold virtual information sessions.

Some schools in our area scheduled to take part in the virtual college tour are:

  • Duke University
  • Montreat College
  • North Carolina Wesleyan College
  • Wake Forest University
  • Shaw University

Colleges hope students understand virtual fairs are important and can help them make a decision about what college they attend.

"Sometimes this process can be filled with a lot of anxiety," said Dawn Calhoun with Wake Forest University's Undergraduate Admissions. "So I think having somebody to talk to, to get support from, is really helpful."

Wake Forest is also holding a virtual open house on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Students can watch pre-recorded talks about everything from financial aid to prospective career paths. There will also be a time where students can ask questions about the college application process and the schools.

Students can register for virtual open house sessions with their school's admissions counselors at the colleges of their choice.

Wake County Technical Community College is offering a week worth of virtual open house presentations. Students can choose a focus and a time to learn about prospective courses of study. Each session includes talks about financial aid, transferring credits, and some of the school's career courses. One of the sessions is also offered in Spanish.

From Oct. 19 to 30, many North Carolina colleges and universities are waiving their application fees. This year, 42 schools are participating in the fee waivers, including nine members of the University of North Carolina System. North Carolina's community colleges are listed as a participant as well, however, they do not charge an application fee at any time in the year.

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