McMaster to have strong presence at universities’ fair


The University's Student Liaison Office is gearing up for what is expected to be one of the largest recruitment fairs ever. Based on the numbers which attended last year, the 2000 Ontario Universities' Fair, which runs from September 22 to 24 at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre, could attract over 40,000 OAC students and their parents.

“Our main objective is to provide information and answer questions, with an emphasis on one-to-one personal contact,” says Bonnie Crocker, liaison officer. Representatives from over 17 McMaster academic areas and service departments such as housing and student financial aid will be on hand during the three-day event. “We hope to create an interest in McMaster, especially for those students who are still undecided (about their choice of institution).”

A total of over 130 McMaster faculty and staff will be helping outat the University's booth. “We really couldn't do this without them,” Crocker says.

The annual fair attracts young people from the Greater Toronto Area as well as from across Ontario. They are seeking information to help them assess the various post-secondary institutions and decide to which ones they will send applications. High school students who are planning to graduate in June 2001 have to apply to universities by the end of November.

The fair is open from 12 noon to 7 p.m. on the Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.