Grand Island, NE-- The Education Quest Foundation has hosted several college fairs throughout the year for the past 25 years to allow high school students to meet representatives from potential colleges.
Choosing a college can be a stressful time for high schoolers because trying to find the right one is not always easy.
"When you start you want to be sure that you have found that college that is the right fit for you. So as they meet with different colleges it gives them an idea of what might be a good fit and then we really encourage them to visit the campus after they have made those choices," said Jodi Vanden Berge, Director of the College Planning Office in Kearney.
According to college fair officials, their fairs have become more popular because college has become more important.
Vanden Berge said, "I think that people are realizing that college is becoming more and more important. We're being told that a majority of the jobs in the future are going to require some some type of degree or education beyond high school. And I think parents and students are realizing that and so we're trying to figure out what's the best fit for them."
Over 700 students attended the fair to learn about each college.
"This is a great chance to get the general information about the college and stuff," said Hannah Pearson, a junior from High Planes High School.
With over 70 colleges setting up booths, students had plenty of options to choose from.
Pearson said, "There's a lot of colleges here and it would be a good opportunity to look at many different colleges seeing what I would be interested in and see where I want to go."
Sunday's fair in Grand Island was meant to attract any students in the Central Nebraska area, while Education Quest hosts other fairs for students else ware.
"We're kind of trying to regionalize our fairs. We also have fairs in South Sioux City, Omaha, Norfolk, Lincoln, here in Grand Island, and then out in Scottsbluff and Gering. This is kind of a central location and hopefully we can draw a large amount of students," said Vanden Berge.
The next fair is in Norfolk next Sunday.