Top 6 tips for your college fair visit!


The college planning process can be so confusing...
Let us help you get a head start before attending College Night Februry 28, 2018 at Robarts Arena.


What Should I Do Before I Attend? Research the Colleges Attending and Make a List of Questions!

  • Find out which colleges will be at the fair
  • Make a list of any questions that you have (questions that are not easily found on the college websites are recommended)
  • Prepare a business card with the following information to hand out to the college representatives:  First & Last name; Address; Phone; Email; High School & Year of Graduation: Major of Interest: Special interests (i.e. sports, drama, et)
  • Keep in mind that one of your goals is to make a great impression – put on a smile, stand up straight, ask questions clearly, and look confident.  Be appreciative and courteous when interacting with the college representatives.  Have fun!!

What Questions Should I Be Asking Myself Before I Attend the Fair? Get to Know Yourself and Identify and What is Important to You in a College!

  • Do you want to attend a two year or a four year college?
  • What size school are you considering?
  • What programs/majors are you considering?
  • How much money is available for me to attend college?
  • What types of extracurricular activities am I interested in?
  • What kind of environment do I prefer?  Urban, suburban, rural?
  • Do I require any kind of special services/accommodations?  i.e. tutoring, note takers, readers, interpreters, extra time, distraction-free/separate room, etc.
  • What makes your school special?
  • Can you describe the range of students that are at your college?
  • How do first year students choose their classes?
  • How are academic advisors assigned?
  • How are roommates in the residence halls assigned? (If applicable)
  • What makes your programs related to my major interest unique?

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What Should I Wear? Dress to Impress – Make a Good Impression! 

  • Wear comfortable shoes and dress to impress – a nice pair of pants, blouse, nice skirt, conservative and professional but comfortable.  Remember, you’re meeting face to face with college representatives!

What Should I Bring with Me?  Paper, Pen, Resume, Business Card with Contact Information

  • A pen, paper, and a sturdy bag to hold college brochures!
  • Resume
  • Business Card with telephone, email, and possibly a head shot (make sure that your email address is something respectable and doesn’t detract from you as a viable candidate to the college).

This is Your Opportunity to Speak to College Representatives!!!  Don’t Be Shy J

What Kinds of Questions Should I Ask?  You can ask about anything ranging from academic majors to admissions requirements to extracurricular activities to financial aid opportunities.

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  • What qualities do you look for in a prospective student?
  • What are the test score requirements?
  • What majors are offered? How does your college differentiate from others offering similar course programs?
  • What degrees are the most popular?
  • When is the application deadline? When are the scholarship deadlines?
  • How can I arrange a campus visit?  Is there a virtual tour also available?
  • How long is the wait once I’ve submitted my application for admission?
  • How much is tuition, room, board, and school supply costs? 
  • What work study and scholarship opportunities do you offer?
  • What is the average class size?  What is the faculty to student ratio?
  • Do you offer early decision or early admissions?
  • When is the priority deadline for financial aid applications?
  • Do you have learning communities or freshmen transition programs and supports?

What Should I Do While I’m At The College Fair?  Visit Booths, Ask Questions & Take Notes!

  • Visit the college booths and ask questions of the representatives
  • Write down information that you think is important
  • Attend information sessions if they’re offered – this is a great way to get expert advice!

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What Should I do When I Get Home? Reflect, Organize, Learn More, Prioritize, and Discuss!

  • Ask yourself which colleges stood out to you and why
  • Review any notes that you took at the fair
  • Create an “action plan” for follow-up research and applications

What’s the Best Way to organize my material from the College Fair?

  • Within the first week, organize the college material that you collected and review it that week while it’s fresh in your mind (Files, file box, etc.)
  • Throw out materials of colleges that you have ruled out so that you can focus on your priority colleges

What Should I do Once I’ve Narrowed Down the Colleges that Are of Interest to Me?

  • Find out more! Do more research on the colleges that you’re considering
  • Explore financial aid, scholarships, and related resources

 Now What?

  • Follow up with a thank you note to the representatives of the schools that you are most interested in.
  • Discuss your experience and reflections – identify priority schools, safety schools, etc.
  • Schedule college visits!
  • Continue to fine-tune the information on each college that you’re considering


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