Planning a path through college just got easier with the first statewide virtual college fair for Tennessee students on March 16 from 2 to 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
The event, billed as Tennessee Pathway Day, also helps current community college students learn more about transferring to a university in Tennessee.
During the five-hour live event, prospective and current students can chat with representatives from more than 25 Tennessee colleges and universities from home using their computers, tablets or smartphones. Participants can ask questions, search for scholarships, download information and explore the Tennessee Transfer Pathway program that guarantees credits to transfer from community colleges to universities. Interested students are encouraged to register ahead of time at www.tnpathwayday.org.
“This is the first statewide college fair offered entirely online in Tennessee,” said Dr. Tristan Denley, vice chancellor of academic affairs for the Tennessee Board of Regents. “It’s an incredible opportunity for students to discover what opportunities are out there, whether looking at colleges close to them or across the state.”
During the event, each participating college or university will have live representatives available to chat online with students who are just starting to plan their college experience or current college enrollees who are interested in transferring to a four-year university. Students also will be encouraged to consider following a Tennessee Transfer Pathway to help them navigate their way to a degree with credits designed for a smooth transfer.
FOR NEW COLLEGE STUDENTS:
For those who have never attended college, Tennessee Pathway Day provides a unique opportunity to visit with multiple schools across the state in a single afternoon and explore options to complete their first two years at a community college before transferring to a university to complete a bachelor’s degree.
The Tennessee Transfer Pathway program eliminates confusion and uncertainty over what classes to take by providing a seamless transition from any of the state’s 13 community colleges to participating four-year universities. Each pathway lays out a specific schedule of courses to follow for their first two years at a community college. Once completed, students receive their associate degrees and are guaranteed that their credit hours will allow them to transfer to any state university as a junior to pursue a bachelor’s degree.
Pathways are perhaps particularly helpful to Tennessee Promise students, who can take advantage of the state’s offer to cover the cost of full-time tuition at a community college for up to two years, Dr. Denley said.
“The Tennessee Transfer Pathway program is an invaluable resource to anyone starting their higher education journey,” said Dr. Denley. “Following a designated pathway saves students time and money and helps them get off to a strong start in their first two years.”
FOR CURRENT COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS:
Current community college students also will have much to consider, whether or not they are currently on a transfer pathway. The event will allows current students interested in continuing their education to connect with representatives from universities across the state to understand the transfer process and discuss avenues for turning their associate degrees into bachelor’s or higher degrees.
Participating universities include all TBR institutions -- Austin Peay State University, East Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University and University of Memphis -- as well as private universities, such as Lipscomb, Tennessee Wesleyan and Fisk universities.
While live chats will be available only on March 16, students may visit the web site afterward to view information from the colleges and universities through March 31.
The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.