It’s college fair season— take advantage of this great opportunity to meet admissions reps from a broad range of schools in your own neighborhood or nearby.
- Research college fairs in your area. Look online at the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) fall schedule. New York State Higher Education Services Corp also has a fall fair agenda. Your school district or high school may have their own fairs planned. Check with your guidance counselor for a complete schedule.
- Register for NACAC fairs online prior to the fair and avoid the lines when you arrive. You will be asked to enter your contact info, academic interests, high school and graduation year. You’ll receive your own barcode to print and take to the fair. By scanning your code, college reps will be able to read your information and eliminate the need for you to fill out individual information cards at each booth.
- Get ready for the fair. Find out which schools will be participating. Take the time to go through the list and decide which reps you’d like to visit with at the event. While you’re at the fair though, keep an open mind as you walk through the aisles.
- Prepare to meet with college reps at their booths by having a few questions ready. Ask questions that are school specific and can’t easily be answered by looking at the website. Don’t forget to ask for business cards after your conversations.
- Follow up with reps you visited with. Feel free to send an email with any additional questions you have. Also, you may want to send a thank you if you felt you had a meaningful conversation with any particular rep.
- Organize all the stuff you collected at the fair. Sort through the brochures and business cards you collected and save the ones you’re interested in. Go online and look further into the schools that interest you.
College fairs offer you the chance to gain exposure to a broad range of colleges and universities all in one place. This is a great way to start your college search.