Plymouth: State urges students to ‘Go Public’ when applying for college

For the first time all public colleges and universities in Massachusetts are uniting to tell high school students and military veterans, “We Want You”.

A “Go Public” college fair is being hosted by Senate President Therese Murray in Plymouth Wednesday night.

Katy Abel from the Mass Department of Higher Education explains that public schools have become very popular in the last 40 years with two-thirds of high school students in the state choosing public over private.

“It is so much more competitive to get into a public institution today than it ever was before. Out at UMASS Amherst, for example, the average GPA is 3.6. So partly what we’re saying is, we want you to look at us differently. We are not your father’s public university,” says Abel

While affordability can be a big deciding factor in going public, Abel notes that the 29 public campuses across the state offer quality education,  “Fantastic marine science program at UMASS Dartmouth. Amazing criminal justice program at Westfield State University. Our Greenfield Community College out in the western part of the state, they recruit from some of the top art schools in the country because they have such a great art program.”

Chancellors and admissions officers from various schools will be in attendance at the “Go Public” college fair which is free for students and their families.

The event kicks off at 7PM Wednesday inside Plymouth North High School.

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.