August 7, 2015

SEC College Tour Adds Fall Event, Announces Spring Destination

SEC admissions representatives visit with high school counselors during the spring 2015 SEC College Tour
SEC admissions representatives visit with high school counselors during the spring 2015 SEC College Tour

By: Bryant Welbourne
SECU (Twitter: @TheSECU)

The SEC College Tour will add a fall event focused on high school counselors starting in October. The new fall activity will provide SEC admissions representatives another opportunity to showcase their respective universities in a region outside of the Conference’s geographic borders. Destinations for October include Denver, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins.

“SEC universities want their students to have a global view,” said Suzanne McCray, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management at the University of Arkansas. “In order to do that we need to create a learning environment that is rich in cultural experiences that students from places across the country and throughout the world can share.”

The University of Arkansas is the planning institution for the fall event. Each tour stop will include casual meetings where university admissions representatives from all 14 SEC institutions will present enrollment information to local high school counselors and take part in a question and answer session.

“SEC universities compete athletically and academically well beyond the region,” said McCray. “Our universities have international reputations for excellence, and we want that known in every corner of the country.”

The spring component of the SEC College Tour, in its eighth year, will take place in the Philadelphia area. Auburn University will plan the spring events that will not only include the counselor meetings, but also college fairs for high school students and their parents.

“Our goal is to make a collective statement about the strength of our universities academically in an area of the country that may have primarily been exposed to the athletic strength of the Conference,” said Cindy Singley, Director of University Recruitment at Auburn. “Through the college fairs and high school counselor information sessions, we are able to convey that among our universities, we have something to offer to any student in the nation.”

The SEC College Tour is part of SECU, the academic initiative of the Southeastern Conference. SECU is the primary mechanism through which the SEC highlights the academic endeavors and achievements of its 14 member universities.