Before The Fair:
- Chat with your family about
your skills and interests; Identify potential majors which match
- 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
- 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
- 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!