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Virtual College Fairs Offer Safe Opportunity for Students to Learn More about USM

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 14:59pm | By: David Tisdale

Lucas Administration BuildingThe University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Office of Admissions has partnered with the Mississippi Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO) in its continuing efforts to provide high school, adult and transfer students safe and efficient ways during the COVID-19 pandemic to learn more about what the university has to offer.

MACRAO new virtual college fairs are statewide, open-registration events allowing students across Mississippi and beyond access to explore affiliated colleges and meet their representatives online. Five virtual undergraduate student fairs are set for September, October and November.

College fairs are typically in-person events where students can learn more about degree programs, campus life and organizations, scholarships and other financial aid, as well as to meet with members of the university’s faculty and staff. But as USM and other universities work to follow safety protocols to stem the spread of the virus, the virtual college fair offers an opportunity to continue providing these services.

“We love meeting students and their families in-person to talk about the wonderful opportunities awaiting them at USM, but we’re also excited to have this safe alternative to tell them about our outstanding faculty, degree programs and incomparable student life experience,” said J.R. Gerhart, director of admissions for recruitment.

The MACRAO fall 2020 Virtual College Fair schedule includes the following events:

*Wednesday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to noon and 6-8 p.m.

*Tuesday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m. – noon and 6-8 p.m.

*Tuesday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. – noon and 6-8 p.m.

*Friday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (transfer and adult students)

*Thursday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. – noon and 6-8 p.m.

MACRAO virtual college fairs are free, but students must register to access the events at For more information or for questions, contact the USM Office of Admissions at 601.266.5000 or email