Josh Champ (right), admissions counselor at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, speaks with prospective students and parents during the first evening of the CFISD College Night on Oct. 9 at the Berry Center.
Josh Champ (right), admissions counselor at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, speaks with prospective students and parents during the first evening of the CFISD College Night on Oct. 9 at the Berry Center.

CYPRESS — Nearly 5,000 guests and patrons visited the Berry Center on Oct. 9-10 for the 24th annual CFISD College Night.

Hosted by the guidance and counseling department, College Night helps expose CFISD students and parents to more than 200 colleges and universities, technical and specialty schools and military academies and representatives.

“Phil Mickelson said ‘I think a college education is important no matter what you do in life,’” said Franklin Sampson, director of guidance and counseling. “We strive to make our students dreams a reality. Many of our students will not visit one or two hundred colleges and universities in their lifetime, but we are able to bring them all to them in one right.”

More than 1,800 guests at the CFISD College Night attended the large group presentations, which were held for financial aid, the University of Houston, Rice University, Texas A&M University, University of Texas, Lone Star College and the military academies.
More than 1,800 guests at the CFISD College Night attended the large group presentations, which were held for financial aid, the University of Houston, Rice University, Texas A&M University, University of Texas, Lone Star College and the military academies.

In all, the two-day attendance was 4,892. The event format changed in 2016, adding the second day to help assist the growing district. College Night has seen no fewer than approximately 3,500 visitors since moving the event to two days, which includes the 5,998 who attended in 2017.

“We’re here to help answer questions and one of the basic questions is, ‘What’s it like?’” said Josh Hovis, an admissions counselor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks who attended College Night. “I enjoy these fairs a lot.”

School and military representatives were spread throughout the Berry Center arena, upper concourse and conference center. Large group presentations were held each night for financial aid (in English and Spanish), the University of Houston, Rice University, Texas A&M University, University of Texas, Lone Star College and the military academies.

College Night draws nearly 5,000 guests to Berry Center in 24th year
Nearly 5,000 guests attended the CFISD College Night, held Oct. 9-10 at the Berry Center. The event added a second day in 2016, with more than 200 school and military representatives spread throughout the Berry Center arena, upper concourse and conference center.

More than 1,800 patrons attended the group presentations.

“These are beneficial because you see different colleges and smaller ones that don’t usually hit your radar when you’re doing searches,” said Patrice Page, who joined her daughter Julia, a Cypress Woods High School senior, on the second evening. “I’m happy that they do stuff like this and it’s good to see so many kids going through, taking advantage of this and asking those questions that need to be asked. It’s very worthwhile.”

United States Navy recruiters were among the military representatives that attended CFISD’s College Night on Oct. 9-10 at the Berry Center.
United States Navy recruiters were among the military representatives that attended CFISD’s College Night on Oct. 9-10 at the Berry Center.

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