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    The College Fair
    Steve Young
  Assistant Director of Admission - Kutztown University

Before The Fair:

  • Chat with your family about your skills and interests; Identify potential majors which match these areas.
  • Touch base with your guidance counselor and find out what colleges will be represented at the fair. Countywide programs typically draw 100+ universities. National fairs usually attract more than 600.
  • Prepare address labels you can affix to college inquiry cards to save time and keep your arm from getting tired.

During The College Fair:

  • Arrive 15 minutes before the fair begins bringing along your address labels and list of potential colleges
  • Be certain not to use the fair as an opportunity to socialize with friends. Remember, the admission representatives are only passing through.
  • Keep an open mind as you move from table to table. Don't be too quick to discount a university because they don't offer a particular major or field of study.
  • Stop by the tables of two or three colleges you've never heard of before. There are a number of well kept secrets and hidden treasures out there.
  • Pick up as much literature as possible from a variety of different colleges. Obtain an application, view book, academic majors search piece, and most importantly a financial aid brochure.
  • Ask the admission reps questions about their institution. Obtain their business card so you have a contact person in the admissions office who may later serve as an advocate for your application.

After The Fair:

  • Go home and relax. Play Nintendo or watch MTV.
  • The next morning, sort out the materials you picked up the night before.
  • Organize  and  decipher information by developing a college search spreadsheet listing various criteria such as major, size, cost, location, extracurricular options, support services,  and  admission requirements.
  • Communicate with admission reps from the top schools on your list via e-mail or phone to reintroduce  yourself and schedule campus visits.

Let the fun begin!


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