New location, new app part of this year’s college fair


By Caley Griebenow, associate editor-in-chief
Unlike past years, the college fair will now be held at Forest View Educational Center instead of Harper College. The fair is scheduled for April 4, from 6-8:30 p.m., and all junior history classes will be visited on March 23 to offer more information about the fair. The college fair hosts about 220 colleges and attracts over 2,000 people.
While the change in location is mostly logistical, as Harper is going through some renovations and therefore could not host the event, college counselor Diane Bourn thinks the change will be beneficial.
“Forest View serves a neutral space between all [District 214] schools,” Bourn said. “When it became clear the fair couldn’t be hosted at Harper, I think [Forest View] was the obvious choice.”
Another change to the college fair includes the introduction of a new app called Strive Scan (learn more here: which allows students to fill out personal information ahead of time so they can their more time talking to college representatives. Theoretically, this will result in students spending less time filling out paperwork and more time learning about colleges they’re considering. The app is free for students to download, and college reps will simply scan a barcode to access any information the student has provided.
“Hopefully the app will fuel more instant conversations between students and colleges,” Bourn said.