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Fifteen colleges and universities participated in the 2021 NH Outdoor College Fair on September 26 at Mount Sunapee. The event, sponsored by NHCUC, was a timely solution to the pandemic challenges of connecting students with college admissions officials in person. The outdoor setting allowed students from across the state to hold in-depth conversations about higher education options and opportunities in New Hampshire.

“Most college fairs were canceled this past year, resulting in many high school students feeling behind on their college searches,” said Peg Richmond, admission director at Keene State College. “Those attending the fair [were] able to meet with admissions representatives from multiple institutions in a safe, outdoor environment, and have the opportunity to enjoy the activities of the local area during the afternoon.”

The fair took place outdoors near the Spruce Lodge with a backdrop of changing leaves. Students met with representatives from each school to explore opportunities and learn about academic programs. There were raffles of college swag and giveaways. The event followed CDC COVID-19 guidelines for safety, featuring proper spacing and indoor masking policies.

“We recognize this is a difficult time for families and for prospective college students who have had limited access to campuses,” explains Debby Scire, President and CEO of NHCUC. “Face-to-face conversations matter, and we hope families enjoyed the gorgeous landscape and collection of wonderful schools to talk about their futures.”

The NH Outdoor College Fair was organized by the NHCUC Admission Directors Committee. Special thanks go out to the NH Outdoor College Fair planning committee–Anna Miner, Peg Richmond, Tara Payne, Julie Lanman, and Jeremy Heidenreich–for making this event happen.