It's no coincidence that the second annual Licking County College Fair is one day before the decades-old Bexley Area College Fair near Columbus, said Granville High School assistant principal Matt Durst.

It's no coincidence that the second annual Licking County College Fair is one day before the decades-old Bexley Area College Fair near Columbus, said Granville High School assistant principal Matt Durst.

"If you have somebody coming from out of state, it really makes the visit worthwhile," he said.

The college fair will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at Granville High School, 248 New Burg St.

Durst said the goal was to attract "triple digits" in the nubmer of colleges and universities.

"We have a hundred colleges that are coming," he said.

Durst said many of the college recruiters, who represent institutions as far away as the University of Alabama and Iowa's Grinnell College, planned to be in the area for the Bexley event and decided to come to Ohio a little earlier to attend the Licking County event, as well. He said all attending colleges are listed at granvilleschools.org.

"We are thrilled to once again host the second annual Licking County College Fair," Granville High school principal Ryan Bernath said in a release. "We had such positive feedback from our first college fair that we are anticipating even more colleges and attendees this year.

"A college fair is a terrific opportunity to learn about the many options that exist for post-high school education both in and outside of our state boundaries."

The event is free and open to all community parents and high school students.

Durst said about 500 people attended last year's college fair.

"We'd like to see 1,000 people this year," he said.

In addition to meeting with college representatives, students and parents will have the opportunity to attend educational sessions on various topics, including financial aid and tips for saving for college, NCAA eligibility for student-athletes, the college search process and what to do on a college visit.

Durst said the Granville-based event is the only college fair in Licking County. However, no one wants it to be exclusive to Licking County students, so the fair is a collaborative effort of high schools in Licking, Muskingum and Knox counties.

Durst said Granville is motivated to bring the fair to the community because many barriers, such as transportation or parents' interest, can stand in the way of students attending Columbus college fairs, particularly those who live in Knox and Muskingum counties.

"We really want this to be a resource for the surrounding counties," he said.