Many high school juniors and seniors are unable to participate in the time-honored tradition of visiting colleges this fall in their search for the best fit to continue their education. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in most colleges and universities having to limit campus visits.

N.C. Independent Colleges and Universities, which represents the 36 private, nonprofit colleges in North Carolina, will help with the problem by hosting a virtual College Fair during the week of Oct. 19-23.

Prospective students can go to www.ncicu.org/ncicu-2020-college-fair/ anytime to view a video from each of the 36 colleges and universities. They can also register for sessions with admissions counselors at the colleges of their choice. Those sessions will be held at assigned times during the week.

This is an opportunity for students to explore North Carolina’s private college offerings from the comfort of their homes, and to get answers to admissions, financial aid and campus life questions.

Questions about the virtual College Fair can be directed to Rebecca Leggett at leggett@ncicu.org.