SOURCE: CollegeWeekLive

January 22, 2008 09:08 ET

CollegeWeekLive Transports High School Students & Parents to Virtual College Fair

10,000 College-Bound Students Already Registered to Attend Unique Online Event That Will Connect Them With 200+ Universities Through Virtual Booths, Live Chat and Real-Time Video

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - January 22, 2008) - CollegeWeekLive (http://www.collegeweeklive.com), the largest virtual college fair, today announced the launch of its Spring 2008 event that will connect high school students with hundreds of colleges in a live, interactive online environment. CollegeWeekLive 2008, taking place on March 25 and 26, 2008 (from 12:00 PM EST to 11:00 PM EST), builds on the success of its inaugural event, which took place in November 2007 and attracted over 15,000 registrants from 28 countries.

"With expanded features and an exciting collection of live Web-based programs and content, CollegeWeekLive-March 2008 will let thousands of students around the world evaluate and communicate interactively with over 200 major U.S. colleges and universities. "Our next event will be bigger, better and more interactive," said Robert Rosenbloom, President of PlatformQ, the producer of CollegeWeekLive.

CollegeWeekLive will feature:

Live streaming video keynote presentations from experts addressing college
planning topics such as:
-- "Getting the Most Out of College Visits"
   Martha "Marty" O'Connell, Executive Director, Colleges That
   Change Lives, Inc.
-- "What Juniors Need to Do To Get Ahead of College Admissions"
   Dr. Katherine Cohen, CEO and Founder of IvyWise and ApplyWise
-- "Summer Activities That Will Get You Into College"
   Elizabeth Wissner-Gross, Author-What Colleges Don't Tell You and
   What High Schools Don't Tell You"
-- "Trends in College Admissions Today"
   Howard and Matthew Greene, Authors-"The Greene College Guides" and
   hosts of the PBS Series "Ten Steps to College"
-- "Finding the Best College Fit for You"
   Peter van Buskirk, Author-"Winning the College Admission Game;
   Strategies for Students and Parents"
-- "Everything You Need to Know About Federal Student Aid"
   Micki Roemer, Office of Federal Student Aid, U.S. Dept. of
   Education
-- "How To Prepare for the SAT"
   Ira Wolfe, President of PowerPrep and Author-"How To Prepare for
   the New SAT"
-- "The Financial Aid Office as Your Advocate"
   Ronald Johnson, Director of Financial Aid, UCLA
-- "Top 10 Ways to Make College Affordable"
   Ann Coles, Senior Advisor of College Access Programs, TERI

Other highlights of this unique online event:
-- Real-time, interactive Q&A sessions with admissions officials
-- Live interactive video chats with current college students
   providing an insider's view   of campus life and the admissions
   process
-- Virtual booths for colleges, featuring electronic brochures,
   videos, webinars, podcasts, and real-time IM and video chat
   between admissions counselors and students/parents
-- Resource center for students and parents
-- Services center to allow providers the ability to market their
   services and products
-- Scheduled school-specific presentations by admissions officials
-- Scholarship and financial aid resources to help students and
   parents
-- Live video chats with professionals presenting career trends in
   law, medicine, education, nursing, technology, and the arts

Colleges can gain a more diverse student body through CollegeWeekLive:

"For students and parents who can't afford or don't want to travel hundreds (even thousands) of miles to campuses they're considering, CollegeWeekLive's virtual visits are a great option," said Anna Jaquez-Herron, Assistant Director of Admission & Financial Aid at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. "CollegeWeekLive also represents a smart investment for us, as it will let our admissions staff interact with a wider pool of applicants from a broader geographic range, and give us the chance to introduce students across the country and abroad."

CollegeWeekLive has won the support of school guidance counselors nationwide:

"Today's 'millennial' high school students are the first generation to have grown up on the Web, making CollegeWeekLive a natural option for students applying to college," said Jenni King, college/career consultant and former director of guidance and counseling at Newton South High School, Newton, MA. "Students who use Facebook and MySpace, Web-based video and IM chat, will find CollegeWeekLive a very comfortable way to research colleges, ask questions of admissions experts, and talk directly to officials from hundreds of colleges."

A host of colleges and universities across North America have already registered to participate in CollegeWeekLive, with new schools signing up every day.

Colleges and universities that participated in the November 2007 event included:

Air Force Academy, American University, Alabama A&M, Assumption College, Babson College, Bentley College, Binghamton University, California State University - Sacramento, Central Connecticut State University, Central Michigan University, Colby-Sawyer College, College of Charleston, Colorado College, Concordia University, Culinary Institute of America, Curry College, Drexel University, Eastern Michigan University, Emerson College, Georgia Southern University, Kansas State University, Kennesaw State University, Lafayette College, Liberty University, Marshall University, McGill University, Miami University, Middle Tennessee State, Minot State University, MIT, Nichols College, Northeastern University, Old Dominion University, Oregon State University, Purchase College, SUNY - Fredonia, SUNY - ESF, Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. (RPI), Sacramento State University, Smith College, Southern New Hampshire University, Suffolk University, Temple University, Texas Christian University, Towson University, Tufts University, UMass - Amherst, UMass - Boston , UMass - Lowell , UNC-Wilmington, University at Buffalo, University of Arizona, University of Arkansas, University of California - Irvine, University of California - Riverside, University of California - Santa Barbara, University of Connecticut, University of Dayton, University of Hartford, University of Memphis, University of Mississippi - Ole Miss, University of New Hampshire, University of North Carolina - Wilmington, University of Scranton, University of Texas - Austin, University of Texas El Paso, University of Vermont, University of Virginia, and Wentworth Institute of Technology.

For an up to the minute listing of featured colleges and to register for CollegeWeekLive-March 2008, please visit: http://www.collegeweeklive.com.

About CollegeWeekLive

CollegeWeekLive is a unique virtual event designed to allow people involved in the college admissions process (students, parents, teachers, counselors, colleges and universities) to connect and successfully interact with one another in ways that are impossible at physical events, through powerful Web-based software and services. PlatformQ, the producer of the CollegeWeekLive, is a new company whose mission is to leverage the accessibility of online events to connect individuals, companies and organizations -- across North America and internationally-- who might otherwise not be able to travel to physical events or communicate with leading experts or thought leaders.

CollegeWeekLive and PlatformQ are trademarks of PlatformQ, Inc. All other trademarks or service marks are property of their respective owners.

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