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College Fairs

Getting the Most from College Fair

  • Before the fair, spend time determining what kind of school best suits YOU. This process takes time and is complete when you finally say “Yes!” to your school of choice. Remember there is no solitary “right” college; there should be a number of “right” colleges. Your parents, counselor, and family friends can offer many resources to help in your research.
  • Review the list of participating colleges and with the help of your parents and counselor, decide which schools to visit at the fair. Visit those first, then explore others.
  • Study the “Questions to Ask in College Decision Making” worksheet and prepare your own personal list of questions to ask college admissions representatives.
  • If possible, bring prepared labels with your name and address to the fair. Often college reps will have mailing cards at their school’s table for those desiring more information, the labels make it more efficient.
  • Obtain a personal business card from the college representative and any pertinent college application materials.
  • After the fair, if you are really interested in a school, write a thank you note, using the representative’s name you contacted at the fair.


Making a good first impression

  • Don’t just pick up information! Extend a friendly handshake and introduce yourself to the college reps. Make eye contact and let them know that you are listening to the valuable information they are sharing. Thank them for their time!
  • This is your opportunity to make face-to-face contact with the people that will most likely be reading your college application. Get their name and contact information.
  • The college fair is not a formal event, so you may wear what you would like. However you want to make a good impression so dress appropriately.


Students and parents, check out the National Association for College Admissions Counseling website for additional college fair dates and locations!


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