Henrico, Va., Oct. 5, 2020 — An autumn rite for Henrico County Public Schools high school students has been reimagined for the coronavirus pandemic. While HCPS’ annual College and Career Night is off this year because of COVID-19, students and their families can explore a wealth of college options at virtual events in October. The new package of virtual college fairs and presentations geared toward Virginia high school students has been dubbed the Virtual College Exploration Program.

The events are free and students should register for each event they would like to attend. Students who can’t attend live are encouraged to register and view the sessions later. Register and get more information at https://www.strivescan.com/virginia/. Dozens of recorded sessions are already available.

The program is a partnership among HCPS, the Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and college fair technology company StriveScan.

As with an in-person event, the virtual college fairs will enable students and families to interact with multiple colleges and universities in an evening. The 23 panel presentations encompass a wide range of topics, from “Making Cents of the Scholarship Search” to “Experience a Women’s College,” and will enable students to query representatives from college admissions offices.

Virtual College Fairs:

Each fair features more than 100 colleges and universities. Each participating college’s representatives are available for a 45-minute window during each fair. Go to https://www.strivescan.com/virginia/ to register for a particular fair and see when various colleges will be available.

  • Oct. 7: 5-7:45 p.m.
  • Oct. 8: 1-3:45 p.m.
  • Oct. 13: 5-7:45 p.m.
  • Oct. 14: 9-11:45 a.m.
  • Oct. 20: 1-3:45 p.m.
  • Oct. 21: 5-7:45 p.m.

College Admissions Panel Presentations:

The 23 panel discussions each last 45 minutes and cover a wide variety of areas. Go to https://www.strivescan.com/virginia/ to see available sessions, register and view recent presentations.

  • Oct. 27-29: 11 a.m.-2:45 p.m.