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New Tech at 2016 IL Regional College Fair

For thousands of people like you who are just starting the college search, the Illinois Regional College Fair has been an excellent way to begin.

But new technology at this year’s fair will offer visitors an even better way to stay connected with the university and college reps who will be there than this one-time, face-to-face meeting.

Parkland College will again host the Illinois Regional College Fair on Wednesday, September 21 from 6 to 8 pm in the Student Union. One of the most well-attended college fairs in east central Illinois, the IRCF is sponsored by the Illinois Association for College Admissions Counseling.

Last year, we had more than 80 schools from all over the country in attendance at the fair. You can ask questions about programs, campus life, admissions requirements, and much more! This is a great way to feel out different schools and see what may be the best fit for you and your interests.

For the first time ever, the Illinois Regional College Fair will be using StriveScan, which is a great way for students and institutions to exchange information. Admissions representatives can scan your barcode to get your contact information in a much more efficient manner and so that they can send you additional materials about their school.  Students should go to and register, and then they will be sent a barcode for use at the fair. Don’t wait! Be sure to register before you come to the fair!

To see the current list of schools registered for the fair, go to, engage on social media with the #ParklandFair and we hope to see you on September 21st for the 2016 Illinois Regional College Fair!

The event is free and open to the public. Whether you are still in high school, or a community college student looking for your next stop, come out to the Illinois Regional College Fair and see what options you may have. Going on college visits can be expensive and time-consuming, so let them come to you!