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Upcoming Events:
Colleges That Change Lives
Colleges That Change Lives
College Fair

You and your students are invited to the

Colleges That Change Lives

College Fair

Monday, August 14, 2017
7:00 pm

Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North
Tampico, Cozumel, Coronado, Cancun, Yucatan,
Taos, Las Cruces, and Santa Fe Ballrooms
5151 San Francisco road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109


7:00 - 7:30 pm
Information Session
7:30 - 9:00 pm
College Fair

This event begins with an enlightening 30-minute presentation on today’s college search process, followed immediately by a college fair that lasts for approximately 1.5 hours. Students and families are able to collect information from and speak directly with admission representatives from the colleges and universities that inspired the book Colleges That Change Lives.

The event is free of charge. No pre-registration is required.
Counselors and students are invited.
Please share this event with your students.
Learn More

CTCL member colleges in attendance:

Agnes Scott College
Allegheny College
Antioch College
Austin College
Beloit College
Birmingham-Southern College
Centre College
Cornell College
Denison University
Earlham College
Eckerd College
Emory & Henry College
Goucher College
Guilford College
Hampshire College
Hendrix College
Hillsdale College
Hiram College
Hope College 
Juniata College
Kalamazoo College
Knox College
Lawrence University
Lynchburg College
Marlboro College
McDaniel College
Millsaps College
Ohio Wesleyan University
Reed College
Rhodes College
Saint Mary’s College of California
Southwestern University
St. John’s College
St. Olaf College
The Evergreen State College
University of Puget Sound
Ursinus College
Wabash College
Whitman College
Willamette University
Wooster, College of
List subject to change

About Colleges That Change Lives

Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) began as a loose collaboration among the 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s classic book, Colleges That Change Lives. For over 20 years, our programs have given thousands of students and parents guidance in their college search. In 1996, the colleges and universities formed a non-profit organization to keep Loren’s message alive – the college search should be about finding a list of colleges that are a good academic, social, and financial fit. The non-profit has 44 member colleges and universities, having added four schools after the publication of the fourth edition of the book in 2012, edited and revised by Hilary Masell Oswald. Learn more

For More Information

Maria Furtado
Executive Director
Colleges That Change Lives, Inc.
(727) 465-8005

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