Warren County High School junior Daniel Sheets says he’s not sure about his future career or the college he may attend. That’s the reason he attended the high school’s annual College Fair at the Civic Center on Wednesday.
“I don’t really have any idea what I’m going to do,” said Sheets. “I really like music. If I could do something with that it would be great.”
He was excited to learn one of the best recording industry programs in the state is offered just down the road at MTSU in Murfreesboro. MTSU representative Brian Walsh said the university is best known for that along with its aerospace program.
“Our aerospace program is one of the few in the entire Southeast,” said Walsh. “It’s where we draw most of our out-of-state students.”
Walsh said MTSU has recently implemented an automatic admission program. Students who have at least a 3.0 GPA or score 22 or higher on their ACT are automatically admitted. He says this takes much of the stress out of the application process.
MTSU has a freshman class just shy of 4,000 students this year, according to Walsh.
“We really cater to students 45 minutes to an hour away,” he said. “For students going off to school, that lets them get away from home, but they are still close enough where it’s convenient to go back. That also gives people a chance to commute if they want.”
Representatives from an estimated 40 colleges, universities and technical schools were in attendance Wednesday night. Financial aid and lottery scholarship information was also available.
At the UT-Knoxville booth, representative Gina Martin said this year’s freshman class had the highest average ACT score – 27 – in school history. Incoming freshmen also averaged a 3.76 GPA, she said.
“UT is definitely my first choice,” said Jacob Self, a longtime UT sports fan. “I’d like to go into engineering and architecture.”
WCHS juniors Breanna Foster and Ciara Walker collected information from several schools including UT-Chattanooga and UT-Knoxville. But they said they are likely leaning toward Union University in Jackson.
“It’s a big decision to make,” said Foster, who said she’d like to pursue a career in nursing or some aspect of the medical profession.
For students interested in the military, Marine recruiter James E. Stonehouse was on hand, along with WCHS senior Cole Keen, who has already committed to the Marines.
“I want a challenge in life, physically and mentally,” said Keen. “I checked out all four branches of the service and figured the Marines would be the biggest challenge for me.”
The Marine booth included a pull-up bar for prospective recruits. At least two pull-ups are required to be accepted into the Marines, with 20 pull-ups considered a perfect score.
For students who want to stay close to home, Mike Garrison was on hand representing Tennessee Technology Center at McMinnville. He said the school offers a wide variety of training from practical nursing, to automotive repair, to industrial maintenance. He said the local school boasts an 80 percent completion rate.