Brittany D. McClure
The Valdosta Daily Times
The Georgia Education Articulation Committee's (GEAC) Fall 2012 PROBE College Fair traveled to Valdosta High School Tuesday night and brought more than 60 colleges and universities.
The fair, which was free and open to all high school students in the area and their families, is a part of a nine-week, 58 city tour held at various schools and venues across the state of Georgia.
“I'm here because I'm trying to find a college to go to right after graduation,” said VHS senior Allison Brown.
Brown had a few prospects she was looking at including Georgia Southern and Troy University.
“I want to major in Nursing,” said Brown.
VHS senior Laquesha Pye came to a fair to specifically look for Troy University.
“I wanted to see if Troy University is here and see what majors they have,” said Pye.
While at the fair, Pye also looked at Georgia Military College. She was interested in colleges that offer a degree in Criminal Justice.
"I want to be a detective," said Pye.
Several colleges throughout Georgia and parts of the United States were present handing out information and fielding questions from parents and students.
Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C. was present at the fair.
“Recruitment wise, we're trying to recruit more for the South Georgia region,” said assistant director of admissions Cova Queen.
There were a variety of schools such as two year colleges, public universities and even private institutions such as Brenau College in Gainesville, Ga.
“Being a small school . . . We decided this year to do the PROBE events,” said admissions specialist Rachel Smith. “We're really trying to get our name out there.”
Though Brenau is a woman's college, they do offer courses for men.
“All of our programs are open for men, but they're not allowed to live on campus," said Smith.
Brenau stood out from some of the larger universities at the PROBE not only because they are private, but because the scholarships they offer are noncompetitive. This means that after you apply, if you qualify for a scholarship, you are automatically offered the option.
Clear standout favorites at the fair were Valdosta State University, the University of Georgia and the University of Tennessee. Each had lines of students and parents waiting to receive information and ask questions.
PROBE, created by the GEAC , started as an attempt to improve communication between high school students and higher education institutes.
The fairs offer economical and hassle free opportunities for high school students and their families to speak one-on-one with representatives from colleges and universities in and out of their home state.