Photo by Matthew Hall

College: Santa Monica College organized its first post-pandemic in-person college fair last week on the college’s main campus quad with approximately 1,000 students in attendance. A parallel, virtual event for students who cannot attend in-person was also on offer. Taking place in a scaled-back format on-ground—the college currently has stringent health and safety measures in place—the popular event, generally the largest of its kind in California, had 93 four-year institutions in attendance including four UC campuses, 13 California State University (CSU) campuses, 25 out-of-state colleges and universities, seven international institutions, 42 California private institutions, and more. The once-a-semester event allows SMC students the opportunity to interact directly with university/college representatives, offering exposure to possible transfer destinations they may not have considered or been aware of. This enables students to choose the best fit for them and allows for personal contact with a college/university.