College Fairs are typically regional events where students from nearby high schools converge for the opportunity to meet admissions counselors from colleges already on their list or to explore colleges they’d like know more about. Here are Smart College Visit’s top 5 tips for getting the most out from a college fair.
College Fairs are typically regional events where students from nearby high schools converge for the opportunity to meet admissions counselors from colleges already on their lists or to explore colleges they'd like know more about.
Hosted by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), it's a great time to gain exposure to hundreds of colleges at once. Our best advice: Go Prepared.
Here are our tips for getting the most from your college fair experience:
Top 5 College Fair Tips:
- REGISTER IN ADVANCE: Follow the links on the college fair schedule to find the event closest to you. Then, click on the link for that fair to view the list of participating colleges. Decide which colleges you know you want to meet and go ahead and register in advance. This puts you on their radar and saves you valuable time since you won't have to stop to fill out an info card when you stop by their booth or table.
- BRING LABELS: If you don't have time to scan the list of colleges prior to the event, you can still save time by printing a batch of name/address labels. This way, you can easily get your name on a contact list so the admissions representative can follow up once the fair is over. Your label, which shouldn't be larger than 3" x 2", should contain your full name, mailing address, phone, and e-mail.
- DON'T FORGET YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE: Some schools have scanners that can read the contact info from your license. This is the ultimate time-saver.
- BRING QUESTIONS: Have a list of questions that you want to ask each college rep. If you are not sure what to ask, check out the College Fair Check List published by the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
TAKE NOTE: College fairs are busy and face-paced. To make it easy to remember who's who and which colleges you like, snap a photo with your cell-phone of each college info table for the schools you want to remember. If you don't have a phone, bring some sticky notes and write yourself a note, then apply the sticky note to a brochure or any literature from that school. Once you're back home, you'll find it easy to sort through the many brochures you picked up while at the fair.
For more information about preparing for college, visit our College Admissions resource section. You can also explore colleges here on Smart College Visit, access information about each school on your list, and make plans to visit the colleges that interest you. Click here for the complete spring and fall National College Fair Schedule.