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College fair comes to Rosemount

Early-bird underclassmen and seniors who are late to the college-planning process can gather some information about post-graduation options while staying close to home when Rosemount High School plays host to a college fair March 19.

The fair, put on each year by the Minnesota Association of College Admission Counselors, rotates among the four-year high schools in Independent School District 196. This year's version will bring about 120 colleges and military organizations -- from Air Force National Guard to Winona State -- to the RHS student center. The fair, one of several MACAC is holding in the Twin Cities, is a smaller version of the fair the group puts on each fall. RHS counselor Denise Cochran said that means shorter lines and more chances for students to find the information they want.

To make things even easier, students can sign up ahead of time for a college fair boarding pass that college representatives can scan when students want more information. For students, that means less time writing down personal information at each stop they make and more time exploring.

"Parents and students can just zig-zag around, pick up materials," Cochran said. "You can chat with people rather than write your name and have a sore hand."

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There will likely be a few seniors at the fair who are getting a late start to their post-high school planning, but Cochran said the fair is meant mostly for freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are still early in their college selection process. Many will have already gone to MCAC's bigger fair. Last year's fair at Eastview High School drew about 600 people. Most will come from schools in District 196, but the event is open to anyone who wants to show up.

"It's a good process for them to just whet their appetites," Cochran said.

The MCAC college fair will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. March 19 at RHS.