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Everyone invited to RLC’s annual Illinois Regional College Fair Sept. 19

Rend Lake College invites students of any age, parents, and community members to join hundreds of high school students at the annual Illinois Regional College Fair (IRCF) next week, hosted by RLC in the James “Hummer” Waugh Gymnasium.

The free event will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 and will feature nearly 40 regional colleges and universities. During the two hour fair, representatives for each institution will be available for attendees to interact with, ask questions, and learn about college life.

New to the IRCF this year is StriveScan, a mobile-friendly and paperless student sign up process which allows college representatives to scan an individual barcode for each student to gather information. This allows students to spend more time asking questions and learning about each college or university by reducing time spent completing information forms.

To use it, students should register before the IRCF for free at When registering, each will complete a short information form to receive a barcode via text. At the IRCF, students will provide that same barcode to each representative at institutions where they are interested in attending or receiving more information.

One of the most important aspects of the IRCF is for attendees to experience the many diverse opportunities to start or continue their post-secondary education, all in one location. Coming prepared to speak to representatives and ask questions is vital. Some of these questions include asking about the admission process and requirements, available majors at the institution, the campus setting and culture, the cost of attendance, financial aid availability, and other student services.

Below are the colleges and universities who have been confirmed for the fair at RLC, though more may be in attendance. The fair is sponsored by the Illinois Association of College Admission Counseling. Students may attend the event without a parent or guardian present. For more information, contact Rachel Sveda-Webb at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1298, or

Barnes-Jewish College

Blackburn College

Bradley University

Eastern Illinois University

Fontbonne University

Franklin College

Greenville University

Hannibal LaGrange University

Illinois College

Illinois State University

Illinois Student Assistance Commission

Iowa Wesleyan University

Lincoln Christian University

Lindenwood University

Lindenwood University-Belleville

MacMurray College

McKendree University

Millikin University

Missouri Baptist University

Murray State University

Northern Illinois University

Olivet Nazarene University

Parkland College – Institute of Aviation

Quincy University

Ranken Technical College

Rend Lake College

Southeast Missouri State University

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

St. Louis College of Pharmacy

University of Akron

University of Evansville

University of IL at Chicago

University of Illinois Springfield

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

University of Missouri-St. Louis

University of Saint Francis

University of Southern Indiana

Western Illinois University