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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - College recruitment has gone high-tech.

For years, recruiters would have to visit schools to connect with potential students.

A virtual college fair will allow prospective students to research and visit campuses without leaving their homes.

Blackman High School seniors Terry Nowell and P.J. McGowan were hard at work Tuesday morning attending a college fair. But they never left their school.

They had access to more than 200 colleges and universities from around the world within a few keystrokes.

College Week Live is an online college fair. Prospective students can chat with admissions counselors.

"This is a great place to start," said school counselor Lyndsey Painter.

Painter believes this is a great resource for students, particularly since many are already frequently online.

She said the virtual college fair allows them to explore different schools.

Lynn Palmer, director of the admissions office at Middle Tennessee State University, said the college fair benefits the university, too.

"We are restricted in our travel budget as to where we can recruit, so it will, yes definitely be of cost benefit," she said.

Each school participating in the online college fair pays about 1,200. Students can sign in for free.

Virtual College Fair that takes place 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST on Nov. 12 and Nov. 13

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