New this year, NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) is hosting three college fairs dedicated to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The first one is in Houston, Texas on Sunday September 25 2016 (for details click here). We’ll be attending to represent Waterloo Engineering and the other STEM programs. I see from the exhibitor list that our friends from the Universities of Toronto and Calgary are attending too, so there will be a bit of a Canadian contingent.
Why visit the U.S. and promote our programs? It’s true that we only have about 200 spaces in Engineering for non-Canadians, and several thousand applicants for those spaces, so the competition for admission is fierce. But we’re interested in having a diversity of applicants and finding the best from around the world. Also, over 1,000 of our student co-op work terms (i.e. paid internships) each year are now in U.S. companies. So it seems to make sense to start reaching out to potential applicants there using these NACAC STEM fairs as a starting point.
We look forward to meeting anyone from around the Houston area at the fair. Also, if there are interested people there who can’t attend the fair we’ll be available the following day, Monday September 26, for personal or small group meetings. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get details and set up an appointment.