College Fair Sunday at Tampa Convention Center

TAMPA, Fla. (March 2, 2009) –  The University of South Florida will take part in the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) college fair in Tampa, Sunday, March 8 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Tampa Convention Center.  Over 150 colleges and universities from across the United States and Canada will participate in what may be one of the best chances to compare institutions on this scale.


“With looming budget cuts on the horizon and many schools possibly cutting back on their travels to this area, this annual event may become the only opportunity for high school students and their families to meet with so many admissions counselors at one time,” said USF Admissions Director J. Robert Spatig, who also has served as president of the Southern  Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC) – a regional affiliate of NACAC.   “USF welcomes this occasion to share information about the 219 degree programs we have, the research projects we’re involved in and the financial aid opportunities that are so important to students and their families.   We know USF will stand out as a great value for in-state and out-of-state students.”


In addition to the presence of colleges and universities, there will be workshops on topics ranging from the admissions process to financial aid and scholarships to navigating the NCAA qualification process.


“With the economic downturn, parents are more concerned than ever with their children’s futures,” Spatig said.  “Furthering education and academic experiences beyond high school are important opportunities to consider when planning for careers.”


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.