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Virtual College Exploration

For all Minnesota students
Presented by MACAC and StriveScan


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the MEF Committee and MACAC Executive Board have made the decision to cancel all Fall Minnesota Education Fairs (MEF). This decision was not made lightly, but it was ultimately determined that health protocols, safety, and logistical issues were going to be too significant to overcome. A decision on spring MEFs will be made at a later date.

We are excited to announce that MACAC will be partnering with StriveScan to produce our Virtual College Exploration program for Minnesota students this fall.

The goal of the Virtual College Exploration program is to provide students with a wealth of college search information, allow them to browse and learn about different colleges, and ask questions of admissions counselors, all in a safe, flexible, online format.

The program will consist of college knowledge sessions on topics such as finding a college that fits, choosing a major, tips for writing a college essay, and more, presented by admission counselors. The program will also feature information sessions from a wide variety of colleges and universities.

StriveScan hosted their nationwide Strive Virtual College Exploration program this spring and it was an overwhelming success with 180,000 students and 500 colleges and universities from around the world. MACAC and other associations are partnering with StriveScan to bring a more tailored version of this program to our members this fall, designed specifically for students from Minnesota.

Program Details

Three weeks of programming, beginning Monday, September 28, ending Wednesday, October 14
45-minute sessions, Monday – Fridays the first two weeks, Monday-Wednesday the third week

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday sessions: 2:00 – 8:00 pm; Tuesday sessions: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm: Friday Sessions 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Each session begins at the top of the hour All sessions will be recorded and available on the MACAC website for student viewing through the fall semester.

Week 1: College/Career Knowledge and Affinity Group Panels
Weeks 2 & 3: Individual Institutional Presentations


COLLEGES
We will be opening college registration to MACAC members on Monday, August 3. There will be several options available for you to participate:

Panel presentation about a college knowledge topic
Examples: Applying to College as an LGBTQ+ Student, Tips for Applying to Art Colleges, Do’s and Don’ts of Essay Writing, Navigating Financial Aid and Reconsideration, Being Undecided, Test-Optional, Parents' Role in the College Search
Your panel must include at least 3 colleges represented
Panel presentation with an affinity group of colleges
Examples: The State Public Colleges, Jesuit Colleges, Taste of the South
Your panel must include at least 3 colleges represented
Individual College Information Session
Host your own, dedicated 45-minute information session
Registration Fees


Must be a current 2020-2021 MACAC member to register
Panel presentations (college knowledge or affinity group): $200 per college
Information sessions: $300 per session
Each institution may register for a maximum of one information session but representatives may participate on multiple panel presentations.
Payment will be made by credit card only. We will not accept checks or wire transfers.
Registration will close on Monday, August 31st
College Rep Q&A Webinar
Join us for a webinar with StriveScan on Monday, July 27th at 2:00 pm (CDT).


Register for the Webinar!


HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELORS
Once the sessions are finalized, we will publish the schedule and open registration to you and your students.

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