A college fair is a great opportunity to get more information about colleges that interest you. But getting the most from a college fair takes a little planning ahead. Here are some tips from high school and college counselors:
(These tips will also be great to use at THS College Day on November 6th!)
- Do your homework. Decide which college booths you want to visit most, and research them beforehand.
- Have Fun! After you visit the colleges on your list, go back and explore the other colleges there.
- Ask questions! Some things that would be good to know: recent admissions trends, personal or alumni interviews, application deadlines, on-campus events, pre-professional programs, need-based financial aid, merit scholarships, new or recent campus construction, current issues, town relationships, athletics, etc.
- Don’t just collect literature. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet with college representatives face-to-face, and engage them in conversation as time and space permit.
- Bring your parents.
- Take notes. After you have stopped at half a dozen tables, the colleges will begin to blur in your mind.
- Make a good impression. Remember that the representatives you meet could be the same people who will see your application in a few months.
- Be open-minded. Explore colleges that you haven’t heard of, and areas of the U.S. that you don’t know much about.
After you attend a College Fair, or College Day, make sure you follow up with the representatives of you top college picks…establishing a relationship really can make a difference in the acceptance process.