Students get chance to learn more about college options at Beauf - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Students get chance to learn more about college options at Beaufort Co. college fair

BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

One in four adults in South Carolina, over the age of 25, have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census.

Friday, the Beaufort County School District took steps to raise that number with the help of a college fair.

Thousands of students filled the gym at Battery Creek High School with excitement and hope to make introductions to colleges or vocations, which might shape their future.

"The students are excited about having the opportunity to talk to officials from colleges. They can see admission officers. Just get to know about the opportunities they have,” said Principal Edmond Burne, Battery Creek High School.

For many of them, Friday's college fair is an introduction to the possibilities of their future.

"Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, maybe even Colorado University,” said Rosie Stewart, senior.

For students like Stewart, college is a given.

"My parents kind of raised me with the idea that I'd always be wanting to go to college,” said Stewart.

Yet, Battery Creek High School Principal Burnes said the majority of his graduating class doesn't pursue a college education.

"In terms of a two or four-year college, at least 40 percent of Battery Creek High School students don’t attend,” said Principal Burnes.

It's often a financial burden. National studies show around 70 percent of graduating college seniors today, owe close to $30,000 in student loans.

And for hundreds of other students in Beaufort County, like Zachary Dubuque, they're looking forward to life after high school, even if it doesn't mean college right away, or ever.

"I plan to ship out to Air Force basic training, about two or three weeks after I get out,” said Dubuque.

The college application deadline is typically around January or February, and some schools are even a little later. So if students are interested, they still have plenty of time to scout out a school that's right for them.

Copyright 2015 WTOC. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly