Aspen High hosts college fair Sunday |

Aspen High hosts college fair Sunday

John Colson

High school students and parents from all over the Western Slope will converge on Aspen High School on Sunday for the second annual Western Slope College Fair.Scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the fair this year has attracted applications and admissions representatives from 165 colleges and universities from around the U.S., according to Carolyn Williams, college counselor at Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, which is co-sponsoring the event with the Aspen School District.Williams said that parents and students from 35 different high schools around the Western Slope showed up at last year’s fair, and that she and co-host Kathy Klug, counselor at AHS, are expecting more schools to be represented this year.A number of top-drawer colleges will be sending reps this year, she continued, including both Harvard and Yale; Bates College in Maine; the University of Pennsylvania and Swarthmore College; Williams College in Massachusetts; and Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, to name just a few.As an additional aid to parents and students, there will be “college counseling workshops” with representatives from some of the schools, scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. at various seminar rooms in the school.The workshops, Williams said, will have such titles as “Financial Aid,” “Advice for Anxious Parents,” “How to Write a Great Application,” “How to Write an Essay” and “Finding a College That Fits.”There also will once again be a variety of activities open to the college reps Saturday, the day before the fair, and parties around town Saturday night for the reps to enjoy.Sunday’s College Fair is free to all participants, and organizers say they have arranged for free parking at the Buttermilk parking lot and free shuttle service up to the school.John Colson’s e-mail address is

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