ALA hosts CIS College Fair

October 28th, 2015

On Tuesday, October 20th, African Leadership Academy welcomed partner schools from the Council of International Schools to our campus for an information session and college fair. The entire student body engaged with 18 participating institutions, a range including a mix of large public universities, small liberal arts colleges, and schools with specializations as diverse as engineering, aeronautical studies, and design from locales as diverse as Japan, Spain, Canada, and the US. Though a few schools were newly welcomed to our campus, many are beloved, long-term partners who have granted admission to multiple graduates since our inaugural class.

After attending an information session in which each of the participating schools introduced themselves and gave a few fast facts to inform and entice students, the Academy’s Year Two students were released to our sunlit quad where they were given ample time to mingle with the representatives dispersed across the campus. The students took full advantage of their hour with many students visiting the vast majority of tables before local high school students joined the list of attendees and our Year One students were released from class to join their peers in exploring postgraduate options.

CIS college fair

The experience appears to have been an enjoyable one for all – several of the participating reps were heard remarking that ALA was the highlight of their traveling college fair and that our students asked particularly relevant and perceptive questions, and multiple students reported back that they’d discovered their newfound “dream school” amongst the colleges and universities represented.

Many of our students do not have the opportunity to step on their college’s campus, or perhaps any college campus, for that matter, before they arrive for their Freshman Orientation. It’s therefore crucial that our students seize every opportunity they’re offered to learn about schools beyond the statistics, national and international rankings, the glossy pamphlets and websites. College visits serve as a rare opportunity to make an impersonal process extremely vivid and personal, and we’re extremely grateful to the CIS College Fair and to all of the colleges and universities that visit our campus.

CIS college fair

CIS college fair

Colleges and universities represented included:

Calvin College – Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Carleton University – Ottawa, Canada:

Clark University – Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Concord University – Athens, West Virginia, USA

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach, Florida, USA

Foothill and De Anza Colleges – Los Altos Hills, California, USA

Goucher College – Baltimore, Maryland, USA

IE University – Segovia, Spain

Lehigh University – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

Michigan State University – East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University – Beppu, Japan

Ryerson University – Toronto, Canada

St. Edwards University – Austin, Texas, USA

St. Olaf College – Northfield, Minnesota, USA

Savannah College of Art and Design – Savannah, Georgia, USA

State University of New York at Plattsburgh – Plattsburgh, New York, USA

The University of Tampa – Tampa, Florida, USA

Western Michigan University – Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA