Attention students: Here's your chance to visit the Canadian campuses you're interested in attending - All in one day



    TORONTO, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - Are you a Canadian or international student who
wants to visit university and college campuses before you decide where to go
to school? Are you strapped for time and cash? Do you need to talk to
representatives from those universities but are just too busy with school and
your part time job? Here's a solution to your challenge. Announcing the
Maclean's OnCampus Virtual Fair - an exclusive first-time event that will
allow students to virtually visit the campuses they are interested in, speak
directly to university and college representatives and listen to advice from
those in the know - virtually, right from their own desktop.
    On October 22, 2008, Maclean's, the magazine Canadian students have
trusted for more than two decades to provide the most comprehensive
information needed to make the best higher-education decisions, is making it
even easier to make those decisions. The fair is being presented in
partnership with Youth Culture, publishers of Vervegirl and Fuel magazines.
Association partners are the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC)
and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC).

    The info students need-at their fingertips:

    "We've created an online event that will give students from anywhere in
the world an unparalleled level of direct, instant access to experts from
Canadian colleges and universities," said Tony Keller, Maclean's managing
editor, special projects
    Taking place inside a virtual conventional hall, prospective students can
visit university and college booths, pick up information from each of the
schools, chat with their peers and with higher educational experts, and have
their questions answered - instantly - by university and college admissions
officers.

    
    What you'll find at the fair:

    -   Interactive instant messaging booths, allowing students, teachers and
        parents to participate for FREE, regardless of location. All you need
        is a computer!
    -   A chance to talk directly with university and college representatives
        from across the country
    -   Live presentations and the latest information from some of Canada's
        most sought-after institutions
    -   Expert education and career advice
    -   A unique speakers series showcasing outstanding Canadians: "You Never
        Know Where An Education Can Take You: Inspiring Words from
        Exceptional Minds." Speakers include physician and Giller
        Prize-winning novelist Vincent Lam; Richard Heinzl, founder of
        Doctors Without Borders Canada; Jeff Rybak, student and author of
        "What's Wrong With University: And How to Make it Work for Your
        Anyway"; and Parker Mitchell, co-founder and co-CEO of Engineers
        Without Borders Canada
    -   University and college staff online to answer student questions
    -   On demand access for 90 days
    

    Check if your high-school is registered:

    Thirty-eight high schools are already registered for the OnCampus Fair,
and that number is growing. Check with your teacher or principal to see if
your school is among them, or to get your school registered. Students can also
register and enter the fair individually, at www.macleans.ca/oncampusfair.
    Vervegirl, Fuel and vervegirl.com will also be offering opportunities to
register for the fair. Last week, fourteen hundred high schools received
copies of Vervegirl and Fuel.

    About Maclean's:

    Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine. In
addition to enlightening, engaging and entertaining 2.8 million readers with
strong investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists
in the fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics,
business and culture, Maclean's has long been the Canadian leader in coverage
of higher education. Four out of five first-year university students report
using Maclean's to help them choose their current university. (Source:
Canadian Undergraduate Survey Consortium, survey of first-year students,
2007). Maclean's publishes four annual issues devoted to higher education: The
University Rankings Issue (November), the Professional Schools Issue
(September), the University Student Issue (February) and the book-sized
Maclean's Guide to Canadian Universities (available year-round).

    About Maclean's OnCampus:

    www.macleans.ca/oncampus is Canada's only website devoted to daily higher
education news. The site attracts nearly 300,000 pages views per month with a
mix of news, advice, bloggers, exclusive rankings and the new Scholarship
Finder.

    About Youth Culture:

    Youth Culture is a media company that communicates with the youth
market-9-24 years of age - online and in print, with websites, magazines,
in-store and in-school promotions. Youth Culture publishes five magazines with
corresponding websites: Vervegirl (in English and French), www.vervegirl.com
and Vervegirl Daily e-newsletter; Fuel (in English and French),
www.fuelpowered.com; and B-zone, www.bzone.ca. Magazines are distributed free
to schools of all denominations, private and public across Canada.





For further information:

For further information: Louise Leger, Public Relations, Maclean's,
(416) 764-4125; Kaaren Whitney-Vernon, President & Publisher, Youth Culture
Group, kaaren@youthculture.com, (416) 595-1313 x256

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