CGCC to host four-year college fair

THE DALLES – Many students find that the most economical solution for attending college is to attend a community college for the first two years, then transfer to a four-year school to complete a Bachelor’s degree.

To help local students discern if this is the right path for themselves, Columbia Gorge Community College will host a College Fair, “Oregon Transfer Days” at The Dalles Campus on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Representatives from 4-year colleges and universities will be available for students and parents to meet, ask questions, and learn about options for going to college. Representatives will be stationed in the College’s Class Act Café in Building 1.

Although the Oregon Transfer Days College Fair is designed for current community college students who are transferring to 4-year institutions, high school students and parents may also find it is a good opportunity to meet with representatives and compare different schools.

Presenters will include representatives from the following: Eastern Oregon University, Oregon State University, Oregon Tech (formerly Oregon Institute of Technology), Oregon State University—Cascades Campus (Bend), Pacific University, Portland State University, University of Portland, University of Western States, Washington State University (Vancouver), and more.

Additionally, a booth will be set up with information about all the schools in the Oregon University system—including University of Oregon, Oregon State, Southern Oregon University, and Western Oregon University.

CGCC advisors will also be on hand to guide students and answer questions.

Tuition at Columbia Gorge Community College is a mere $89 per credit, compared to an average of $129 per credit for OUS schools, and $700 per credit or more for most of Oregon’s private colleges and universities. Going to a community college for the first two years while still living at home, or nearby, also helps some students make a better transition to the stress of college life.

Current students at CGCC, high school students interested in attending CGCC for their first two years and parents are welcome to attend the event.

No reservations or RSVP are required, but if you have questions about the event, please contact Jessica Griffin Conner at 541-506-6014 or by email to

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