Students find answers at the Greater Binghamton College Day

By Kelly McCarthy

October 16, 2013 Updated Oct 16, 2013 at 5:18 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Thousands of high school juniors and seniors piled into the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena to find out what college could be their next destination.

The arena was filled for the 42nd annual Greater Binghamton College Day. High School Seniors are starting to feel the pressure when it comes to finding the school that's best for them.

"I'm not going to lie it's kind of a little stressful," said Paige Miller, Binghamton High School senior, "Just because there's so much to consider and so many colleges to look at."

Around 185 colleges were at the arena on Wednesday to hand out information, but more importantly to answer one-on-one questions.

"I've been looking at different states, different countries," said Brittney McHugh, Binghamton High School senior, "So it's actually not even stressful it's just overwhelming."

It all leads to the big question everyone's asking high school seniors: Where do you want to go to college?

"I want to somewhere where people love to be there," McHugh said, "And of course I want a beautiful campus."

For some students, the size of the school will weigh in the final decision.

"I'd rather go to a bigger school because I came from a really small high school," said Elana Engler from Greene High School, "So I just want to see what else is out there, not even school just an experience overall, meet new people, be more open-minded."

College representatives said some of the most common questions are about cost, scholarship opportunities, and if their school has the type of degree a student is looking for.

They hope students take advantage of each school's representative if it's one they wish to attend.

"At least in my experience the best prospects are able to make some type of interaction with us," said Patrick Washington, representing Gannon University.

So students can learn about the kind of experiences they hope to have when they're in college this time next year.

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