University representatives on the lookout for bright and talented Pakistani students
This year’s South Asia Tour — our eighth — was the largest yet with 23 U.S. universities participating in school visits and college fairs across Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. The tour provided a fantastic opportunity for some of Pakistan’s brightest students to interact with college reps and get access to relevant and accurate information about higher education in the United States.
The tour has more than doubled in size since we first began hosting the events in Spring 2011 with 11 universities participating and is one of many activities EducationUSA organizes to assist students interested in applying to or learning about U.S. colleges or universities. This year, as in years past, activities as part of the tour included a college fair, the High School Counselors’ Academy, and school visits.
The Academy is an event organized for the benefit of local high school counselors, wherein our SA Tour reps talk to groups of counselors (and sometimes parents) about various aspects of the admissions process. Topics have included international student admissions, financial aid, work options, and many others besides. Run in a panel format, Advisers ask frequently asked / important questions on the topic, with parents and counselors usually chiming in.
Both the college fairs and the school visits place students (and in the case of the college fairs, their parents) within easy reach of U.S. university reps to understand what they look for when evaluating students for admission.
This year, representatives from the following universities visited Pakistan:
- Arizona State University
- Colorado State University
- Emporia State University
- Foothill and De Anza Colleges
- Hiram College
- Iowa State University
- Luther College
- Minerva School at KGI
- Minot State University
- Northeastern Illinois University
- Old Dominion University
- Savannah College of Art and Design
- St. John’s University
- St. Peter’s University
- State University of New York (Plattsburgh)
- University of Bridgeport
- University of Buffalo (the State University of New York)
- University of Arizona
- University of Kentucky
- University of Northern Iowa
- Valparaiso University
- Western Kentucky University
- Wichita State University