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Posted on Sat, Apr 6, 2013 : 10 a.m.

Ann Arbor schools to welcome more than 100 colleges and universities at annual student fair

By Danielle Arndt

Between 1,500 and 2,000 students are expected to saunter through the Pioneer High School cafeteria Wednesday for Ann Arbor Public Schools' 28th annual College and Career Fair.

The district will welcome admissions representatives and program advisers from more than 100 colleges and universities from around the country. Ann Arbor area businesses also are expected to attend.


The 28th annual AAPS College and Career Fair will occur Wednesday inside this Pioneer High School entrance in the cafeteria. More than 100 colleges and universities will take part.

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All parties will meet with students and their parents, answer any questions and provide pertinent literature on the post-secondary opportunities they offer, according to the AAPS website.

The colleges will set up information tables in the cafeteria, located near the clock-tower entrance to the school, and the businesses will occupy the A-wing hallway outside the cafeteria, the district's website says.

Ann Arbor Public Schools' College and Career Fair draws students of all ages, from eighth grade on, and from other schools throughout Washtenaw County to participate, said district spokeswoman Liz Margolis. She said most of the students are high school sophomores and juniors who are starting to think about where they would like to attend college or what careers they would like to pursue.

"By now, seniors are making choices … so it's usually not seniors. Although, sometimes they will still go if they haven't made a decision yet. They can come and talk to the representatives of the few colleges they are trying to choose between," Margolis said.

The College and Career Fair will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.

In-state colleges and universities, such as Eastern, Grand Valley, University of Michigan, Washtenaw Community College, Hope and Davenport, have signed up to attend, as well as out-of-state schools that include Bowling Green University, University of Arizona, University of Virginia, Washington University, Wheaton College and the U.S. naval and military academies.

Visit the AAPS website for a complete list of colleges and universities expected to participate.

Danielle Arndt covers K-12 education for Follow her on Twitter @DanielleArndt or email her at



Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 7:21 p.m.

@ jns131, re: "Um, when were we suppose to get notice to take a day off? Sorry, but I don't take days off for something this mundane." I certainly sympathize with those who have to work the evening shift at McDonald's, and can't make that 6PM to 8PM window. However, some people manage, realizing that this marks the best way out of that lifestyle.


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 5:16 p.m.

So parents and children come into Pioneer on Wednesday? Um, when were we suppose to get notice to take a day off? Sorry, but I don't take days off for something this mundane. My parents didn't and I certainly won't either. Thanks for the heads up. Looks like mine is staying home.

Nick Danger

Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 11:20 a.m.

All I know is that if my 2 kids had started at WCC I would have saved 80 grand


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 5:14 p.m.

Agreed. I started off at WCC and finished at EMU. Mine will do the same if the child continues on the path she wants to go on. I did the same. Associates at WCC and Bachelors at EMU. No difference in the education you receive.

Ed Kimball

Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 4:52 p.m.

Nick, that may be so, but having taught at and/or attended WCC, UM, and an Ivy League school, I know that the educational experience and the types of classmates are very different in the different institutions. (After all, not all the education occurs in the classroom.) That said, I feel it's a fair question as to whether the difference in education justifies the difference in cost. Reasonable people may disagree on the answer.

J. A. Pieper

Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 3:51 a.m.

Danielle, always an interesting time for AAPS students. How about some reporting on how the AAPS job fair for (minority) teachers went at the end of February? Curious minds want to know!

Elijah Shalis

Sat, Apr 6, 2013 : 9:27 p.m.

I recommend Albion College

Dog Guy

Sat, Apr 6, 2013 : 3:11 p.m.

With 100 colleges fishing for paying customers, take an empty backpack for brochures and catalogs.