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OGDENSBURG – Juniors and seniors from Clifton-Fine Central School, Star Lake, had an assignment at the college fair Tuesday at the Richard G. Lockwood Civic Center: Question counselors.

Hundreds of aspiring college students from across the north country attended the fair, which drew 77 college and military representatives.

Matt Snyder, a junior at Lisbon Central School, originally had his mind set on attending the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. But after doing research, he now has several other strong possibilities on his list, such as the College of St. Rose and SUNY Fredonia.

Guidance counselor Katrina L. Putman said she hopes that talking with admissions representatives will help him whittle down where he wants to be. “Having an individual conversation with counselors can be beneficial, because it provides a personal piece that you can’t get anywhere else,” she said.

Students attending smaller school districts in the north country are accustomed to smaller class sizes, which foster better communication with teachers, said Paige Collins, assistant director of admissions for Sage College of Albany, a small liberal-arts school.

“We have 17 students in our classes, so the professors get to know the students well here,” she said. “If you’re coming from a small school where you know everyone and don’t want to change that setting, smaller liberal arts schools can be a good fit. It might not be for everyone, but it’s important for students to open all doors and explore their options further, taking everything into account.”

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