College recruits visit Park City students
As spring and the end of the school year approaches, college recruiters are visiting high schools throughout Summit County answering students’ last-minute questions. According to the University of Utah Assistant Director of off-campus recruitment Heather Briley, they visit Park City and South Summit High School about five times a year.
The majority of college recruiting happens at the end of October when the colleges go on a high school state tour, but recruiters will visit a few high schools in the spring to do 30-minute follow-up sessions with students who have decided to attend that college. Briley said the university gets a substantial number of students who enroll from Summit County high schools, and therefore consider the schools in this area feeder schools.
"We have admissions counselors that go out to the schools multiple times a semester. Briley said. "Students will cram into the counseling center and we talk about the next steps. It’s another information session about the university, but we are mainly working with seniors at that time."
The sessions focus on the orientation process and making sure students have all the necessary paperwork filled out, she said, adding that juniors can also attend to become acquainted with the admission process, and several students ask questions about scholarship opportunities.
"We have a lot of great students in Park City with good GPA’s and student involvement, so they want to know how to apply for scholarships," she said. "Students also want to know about student life so we tell them we have 500 clubs on campus and how to get involved."
According to Park City High School Career Center Coordinator Kirsten Kobler, Westminster College was scheduled to visit PCHS on Friday, March 6, the U.S. Naval Academy is scheduled to visit PCHS on March 13 and the University of Utah Admission Counselor Nicole Miranda is scheduled to visit on March 29.
"The recruiters come to tie up loose ends with the students who have decided to go to that college," Kobler said. "A lot of it is about if the student finished sending in their housing information and how they go about registering for classes. Some juniors also go so they will be prepared for next fall."
Kobler has a map of the United States in the counseling office, which currently shows where students from last year’s senior class attended college. Once students in the class of 2012 start making their college decisions, she will update the board.
For more information about recruiting sessions or to learn more about the post high school tour, call the high school at (435) 645-5650.
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