College Fairs

College Fairs

College fairs give you the chance to make your initial "visit" to colleges without going far from home. They usually take place in the early fall and spring. 

 

  • About College Fairs
  • College Fair Calendar
  • College Fair Visit Tips

To find a college fair in your area, check with your high school counselor and visit HESC’s College Fair Calendar.

At the fair, you'll find out about academic programs, campus activities, financial aid, and admissions requirements and have the opportunity to talk briefly with college representatives.

  • Make a point to talk with the college representatives – they want to engage with you and answer your questions. 
  • Take notes. 
  • Sign up to be on the mailing lists at colleges that interest you.
  • Pick up brochures from colleges that interest you and take them home to review.
  • Attend information sessions, if available.

Be sure to go to the fair prepared to maximize your time. Bring paper and pen to take notes, and a list of questions.

Some questions you may want to ask:

  • What are the college's strengths?
  • What kind of extra academic help is available?
  • If you are the first in your family to go to college: do you have any programs for students who are the first in their family to go to college?
  • What majors are the most popular?
  • What are the admissions requirements?
  • What scholarships and financial aid are available?
  • What qualities should prospective students have?
  • When must I choose a major?
  • What is the average student to teacher ratio?
  • Is student housing guaranteed all four years?
  • How are roommates selected?
  • What programs are offered to help students adjust to college life?
  • What other student services are offered (tutoring, career counseling, study groups)?
  • Please estimate the percentage of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study awarded in your financial aid packages.
  • How many freshmen return for their sophomore year?

If you’ve have an in-depth conversation with a college representative, stay in touch. Send a thank you for the time and information you received.

 


College Fairs give you the opportunity to speak to admissions representatives from many colleges. While you're there ask a representative about:

  • Campus life
  • Academic programs
  • Financial aid
  • Admissions requirements

Visit the HESC booth to get the latest financial aid information and answers to your questions.

Check with your school counselor or college advisor about a fair near you.

Check back for additional college fair dates.

2014 Schedule of College Fairs
WhenWhatTimeWhere
September 10, 2014SUNY College Fair - Albany6pm-8:30pmUniversity at Albany
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY
September 14, 2014SUNY College Fair - Long Island1pm-4pmFarmingdale State University
2350 Broadhollow Road
Farmingdale, NY
September 15, 2014SUNY College Fair - Suffolk County5:30pm-8pmSuffolk County Community College
Michael J. Grant Campus
Health, Sports Education Center
1001 Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, NY
September 16, 2014SUNY College Fair - Syracuse6pm-8:30pmOnondaga Community College
SRC Arena
4585 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY
September 17, 2014SUNY College Fair - Rochester6pm-8:30pmMonroe Community College
1000 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY
September 18, 2014SUNY College Fair - New Paltz6pm-8:30pmSUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY
September 21, 2014SUNY College Fair - Buffalo4pm-6:30pmUniversity at Buffalo
Alumni Arena
3435 Main Street
Buffalo, NY
September 21, 2014Nassau Counselors Association
34th Annual Fall College Expo
12pm-3pm

SUNY College at Old Westbury
Clark Athletic Center
Old Westbury, LI, NY

September 22, 2014CASDA College Fair -
Lagrangeville
6pm-8pmArlington High School
1157 Rte 55
Lagrangeville, NY
September 23, 2014SUNY College Fair - NYC4pm-7:30pmThe Jacob Javits Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY
September 23, 2014CASDA College Fair - Kingston6pm-8pmKingston Central School District
High School Field House/Gym
403 Broadway, Kingston, NY
September 23, 2014Community Action Organization
of Erie County, Inc. College Day
9:30am - 2pmMaria Villa College
Student Center
240 Pine Ridge Road
Buffalo, NY 14225
September 23, 2014Southern Erie County
Counselors Association
College Night
7pm-8:30pmHilbert College Campus
Hibert's Hafner Recreation Center
5200 South Park Avenue
Hamburg, NY
September 24, 2014Cardinal O'Hara High School
College Night
6:30pm-8pmCardinal O'Hara High School
390 O'Hara Road
Tonawanda, NY
September 24, 2014Bishop Ludden High School
College Fair
6:30pm-8:30pmBishop Ludden High School
815 Fay Road
Syracuse, NY 13219
September 24, 2014CASDA College Fair - Troy9am-11:30am
& 6pm-8pm
Hudson Valley Community College
Edward F. McDonough Recreation Center
80 Vandenburgh Avenue
Troy, NY
September 24, 2014Rochester College Nights6:30pm-8:30pmMarketplace Mall
One Miracle Mile Drive
Rochester, NY
September 25, 2014Rochester College Nights6:30pm-8pmGreece Ridge Center Mall
271 Greece Ridge Center
Rochester, NY
September 29, 2014Higher Education Day at
Jefferson Community College
11am-1pm
& 5pm-7:30pm
Jefferson Community college
1220 Coffeen Street
Watertown, NY
September 29, 2014CASDA College Fair -
Central Valley
6pm-8pmMonroe Woodbury High School
155 Dunderberg Road
Central Valley, NY
September 30,2014Northern Zone Higher Education
Night

6:30pm-8pm

St. Lawrence University
Canton, NY
September 30, 2014Bath-Haverling High School and
Bath Knights of Columbus 18th
Annual College Fair
6pm-7:30pmBath-Haverling High School
25 Ellas Avenue
Bath, NY 14810
October 1, 2014SUNY Plattsburgh College Fair6:30pm-8:30pmSUNY Plattsburgh
Field House
Pattsburgh, NY
October 2, 2014Adirondack School Counselors
Association Fall College Fair
6pm-8pmSUNY Adirndack
Bay Road
Queensbury, NY 
October 4 &
October 5, 2014
Circle of Sisters 2014 The Jacob Javits Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY
October 5, 2014National Association for College
Admission Counseling (NACAC)
College Fair
11am-3pmNassau Veterans Memorial
Coliseum
Long Island, NY
October 6, 2014CASDA College Fair -
Saratoga Springs
6:30pm-8pmSaratoga Springs High School
1 Blue Streak Blvd.
Saratoga Springs, NY
October 7, 2014CASDA College Fair -
Guilderland
6pm-7:30pmGuilderland High School
8School Road
Guilderland Center, NY
October 8, 2014CASDA College Fair - Bethlehem6pm-7:30pmBethlehem Central High School
700 Delmar Avenue
Delmar, NY
October 9, 2014Madison County College Fair10:30am-12:30pmOneida High School
Fariel Gymnasium
560 Seneca Street
Oneida, NY
October 9, 2014CASDA College Fair - Clifton Park6:30pm-8:30pmShenendehowa High School East
970 Rte 156
Clifton Park, NY
October 14, 201431st Annual College
Day/Night Program
12pm-2pm &
6pm-7:30pm
Tompkins Cortland Community College
170 North Street
Dryden, NY
October 15, 2014Greater Binghamton College
Day 2014
11am - 2pm &
6pm - 8pm
Broome County Veterans
Memorial Arena
1 Stuart Street
Binghamton, NY
October 16, 2014SCT and Corning Counselors
Association College Information
Day
11am-2pm &
4:30pm-7pm
The Arnot Mall
Horseheads, NY
October 20, 2014Schoharie County & 
SUNY Cobleskill Association Fall
College Fair
11:30am-1:30pmSUNY Cobleskill
Cobleskill, NY
October 20, 2014Otsego County Counselors
Association College Fair
6pm - 8:30pmSUNY Oneonta
1 Ravine Parkway
Oneonta, NY 13820
October 21, 2014North Westchester College Fair6:30pm - 9pmYorktown Heights High School
2727 Crompond Road
Yorktown, NY
October 22, 2014South Westchester Guidance
Expo and College Fair
6:30pm - 9pmWestchester County Center
198 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY
October 23, ,2014Rockland County College Night7pm - 9pmRockland Community College
Field House
145 College Road
Suffern, NY
October 24, 2014East End Counselors College Fair10am-12:30pmSouthampton High School
141 Narrow Lane
Southampton, NY
October 25, 2014Big Apple College Fair1pm - 4pmThe Jacob Javits Center
Hall 1A
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY
    

 

Tips for Making the Most of Your College Fair Visit


Planning ahead with these seven tips can help you make the most of your time at a college fair:

  1. Organize before you go. Review a list of the participating colleges, usually available online or at your high school guidance office. Choose those in which you are especially interested. Make another list of secondary colleges to check out if you have time.
  2. Prepare your questions ahead of time. Review the colleges’ websites and prepare questions you would like to ask. College fairs are fairly crowded and you may not have time to get all of your questions answered, so choose questions not easily found on the schools’ websites.
  3. Print address labels to bring with you. Save time filling out college interest cards and pre-print labels with your name, address, email address, your high school, when you expect to start college and the major(s) that interest you. Some high school guidance offices provide personal bar codes with this information –  check with your school.
  4. Strategize. When you arrive, pick up a map, if available, so you know know the layout of colleges. Some college fairs don't provide a map but organize colleges alphabetically. Target the colleges you want to visit so you don’t waste time backtracking.  Bags are often available at the door for collecting brochures.
  5. Try to arrive early. Early arrival allows you to move at a more leisurely pace. Also, the later you arrive, the more crowded it gets and the less likely the college reps will have as much time to spend with you.
  6. Review carefully.  After the fair, review each college’s materials carefully. If there’s something you really like about the school, highlight it and put a sticky note on the page so you can find it later. If you have a question about something you read, write it down and put it on the top of the pile. If you can’t find the answer in the brochures, check out their website. If you still have questions, send an email to the admissions representative to get more information.
  7. Stay organized. Once you’ve reviewed everything, create a file for each college that still interests you so you can add any additional information you receive from them. You may discover that some of the schools you were considering aren’t really good for you. Weed out the brochures of colleges that aren’t a good fit and bring them to your guidance office to share with other students. A personal college file will become an important resource when making your college choice.