We are going to try another experiment. Because of the great interest shown by students with whom I meet, we will be sponsoring a U.S.A. Universities Expo in Auckland later this month so that students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and others can talk in person with recruiters and alumni from more than three dozen of America’s best universities. We have never done this before, but I hope that it will become a regular part of our programming.

As I have mentioned previously, there are almost 5,000 fully accredited tertiary education institutions in the United States, including many of the best universities and colleges on Earth. I know from my own personal experience that attending certain of those American schools can literally and dramatically change one’s life for the better. There are a lot of fingerprints on my personal trajectory, but I give Princeton and Yale a great amount of the credit because of the opportunities they opened for me.

Unfortunately, wading through 5,000 websites is impossible, and students here in New Zealand rarely have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with recruiters who can talk in detail about their schools and answer questions, including about the admission process and financial aid options. To make things easier, we have (thus far) enlisted 33 top American universities to send representatives to Auckland. The number of schools participating will increase as the Expo approaches.

At the Expo you will be able to talk with recruiters and alumni from a diverse array of private colleges and universities, public schools, major research institutions, fine arts conservatories, and technical schools. Whatever field of study interests you, there will be recruiters to talk to, whether about mechatronics or modern dance, politics or business, archeology or zoology. Likewise, the schools will represent the exciting landscape of extracurriculars on American campuses, including world-class sports, music, theater, media, debate, service, political, cultural, and other activities.


Mt Holyoke
Michigan State
Stony Brook
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Sinclair Community College
Kentucky State
George Washington
American University
William and Mary
Georgia Tech
Hawaii Manoa
UT Austin
BYU Hawaii

The map above shows the universities that have already confirmed attendance at the Expo, signified by their logos in their approximate (not precise, because of space constraints) geographic locations. Moving your cursor over a logo will give you the name of the school. Clicking on a logo will carry you to that school’s website.

In terms of logistics, the Expo will be held at the Aotea Centre on Queen Street in Auckland, from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 21st. Of course, there is no charge for admission. You can browse the recruiting booths and talk to the representatives as you please.  Also, there will be a series of scheduled presentations on topics of general or common interest such as the admissions process, student visas, athletic scholarships, and other student aid possibilities.

Between now and the 21st we’ll be providing updated information about the Expo on our social media platforms and through traditional media. Be sure to follow our Educational Twitter Feed, @EducationUSANZ, and look for the Expo’s hashtag, #USAUniExpoNZ. If you have questions in the meantime, please feel free to contact me through the comments section here or email directly our Educational Adviser Drew Dumas at DumasAG@state.gov.