Ultimate College Fair ChecklistDec 05, 2022
College fairs allow students to meet with college representatives without the time and expense of a road trip or plane ride. And now, there are even virtual college fairs that allow you to explore from the comfort of
your own home. Much like a campus visit in order to get the most from the college fair, it is wise to do a bit of planning.
BEFORE THE FAIR:
- If the fair offers it, pre-register for priority access and to make quick information requests from colleges.
- Print out your Student Admittance Pass:
- Bring it with you to the college fair along with a pen and notebook to take notes.
- Develop Your Target List:
- Check out the list of colleges attending the college fair and build your target list.
- Do a bit of research on college websites to familiarize yourself with their offerings.
- Create your Criteria List: Decide what is really important to you in college:
- Do you want to attend a two or four-year school?
- Public or private?
- What size school do you think you would thrive in: small, medium, or large?
- What programs of students are you considering or exploring
- How far from home do you want to go?
- Do you wish to participate in any specific extra-curricular activities or athletics?
- Do you want to attend a school in an urban, suburban, or rural environment?
- Do you require any special services?
- Create a list of questions to ask.
DURING THE FAIR:
- Bring your list of questions to ask.
- Be open-minded and visit a variety of schools.
- If the fair is crowded, be prepared to ask your most important questions of college representatives and allow others a chance to do the same.
- Keep your registration sheet on hand for representatives to scan if you'd like additional information.
- Collect college information, as well as business cards or contact information for schools that are interesting to you.
AFTER THE FAIR:
- Information overload:
- By the time the fair is over, you should have a bag filled with information about colleges - and a possible case of information overload.
- Organized for success:
- Find a place to organize your college data. Read through your notes, write down contacts, and scan the brochures and catalogs.
- Follow Up:
- Consider calling or emailing schools you find interesting. For more information, schedule a campus visit, or do some additional online research.
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