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Time to study college choices

Now that they’ve memorized their locker combinations, college-bound seniors are already confronted with application deadlines for Ivy League schools that have deadlines before Thanksgiving.

The early-admission deadline to Yale University is Nov. 1.

Yale’s recruiter stopped at four places in Spokane last week – Lewis and Clark High School, Gonzaga Prep, Ferris High School and the downtown public library.

About 40 students with 20 parents and younger siblings came to the library from Pullman, the Tri-Cities and north Spokane to hear Liz Kinsley, a recent Yale graduate from New Haven, Conn., talk about life on the Ivy League campus.

Already, the competition is being felt by students.

Chris Maccini, a football player, Eagle Scout and Mt. Spokane High School senior in the Mead School District, has his eye on Yale.

Parents, siblings and seniors arrived more than 15 minutes early downtown and filled a room for 60 people.

The next day, Maccini went to hear a Stanford recruiter at a hotel near the airport. A lot of the same faces were at both informational sessions, Maccini said.

He’s sure his peers, like him, know that only 9 percent of applicants get into Yale, where tuition tops $30,000 a year. The rates are only slighter higher at Stanford, where tuition is also near $30,000. Of the 40 senior hopefuls trying to get into one of the two schools, maybe four will make it.

“People really do turn out for these things,” Kinsley said after the Yale meeting.

At a recent session in Missoula, some students traveled from Helena, a two-hour drive, Kinsley said. She was unsure how many students to expect in Spokane. Notes that she inherited from another recruiter said 20 people showed two years ago. Recruiters choose their visiting sites based on inherited notes from past recruiters, Kinsley said. She’s visiting six sites in Seattle.

Students trying to sort out their college choices will get a chance to network with representatives from 125 schools at the Spokane National College at the Convention Center in downtown Spokane.

Spokane’s largest college fair, the free event is sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admissions Counseling and will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 4.

Last year, recruiters arrived from colleges around the nation and Canada, including representatives from military colleges, technical schools, regional and East Coast universities. Last year, 6,000 students from 60 high schools attended.

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