More than 850 undergraduate and graduate students attended the 15th annual College Connect at the Federal Capital Territory Pavilion on October 8 and 9, 2014. The Fair was organized by the U.S. Mission to Nigeria’s EducationUSA Abuja center. The two-day event explored opportunities for study at U.S. higher education institutions with representation from more than 15 U.S. colleges and universities during the program.
In his opening remarks, Cultural Affairs Officer William Strassberger encouraged Nigerian students to discover the advantages and explore the diversity of U.S. institutions. He also mentioned that 65 Nigerian student members ofEducationUSA Abuja received more than $3 million in scholarships and financial aid from U.S. institutions as result of EducationUSAprograms, including the annual college fair.
Admissions officers and alumni of U.S. institutions, such as Amherst College, Webster University, Gallaudet University, were on hand to distribute materials and provide information on their schools to fair attendees. Representatives of Cornell University, Central Washington University, University of North Texas, and Walden University offered insights into the admissions process for undergraduate and graduate students, discussed online education, and provided information on resources for financing a U.S. education.
Education USA advisors explained the role of EducationUSA and the services it offers to Nigerian students. Also, U.S. consular officials entertained questions on the student visa process.
EducationUSA fairs continue to provide the biggest one stop shop for disseminating information on study in the United States and an annual opportunity for students to interact with U.S. institutions and explore the options available for study in the U.S. The Abuja Federal Capital Territory partnered with the EducationUSA center by providing the venue for the fairs.