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 had 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.

2015 Schedule of College Fairs
WhenWhatTimeWhere
Feb 14, 2015                       Black and Puerto Rican
Legislators 44th Annual Conference
9am-5pmEmpire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12210
Mar 3, 2015College and Career NightTBDNiagara County Community College
3111 Saunders Settlement Road
Sanborn, NY 14132
Mar 7, 201518th Annual College Fair and
Financial Aid Presentation
12pm-4pmRiverbank State Park
679 Riverside Drive
NY, NY 10032
Mar 7, 201525th Annual Latino College Expo8am-3pmNYU Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South
10th Floor
NY, NY 10012
Mar 12, 2015NACAC College Fair9am-12pm &
5pm-9pm
SRC Arena at
Onondaga Community College
4585 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215
Mar 12, 2015CFES/College for Every Student &
Ostego County Coiunselors Annual Sophomore Summit
8:30am-1pmSUNY Oneonta
108 Ravine Parkway
Oneonta, NY 13820
Mar 15, 2015 
Mar 16, 2015
NACAC College Fair3/15 - 1pm-3:30pm
3/16 - 9am-12pm
Rochester Riverside Convention Center
123 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604
Mar 17, 2015Penn/York College Night6pm-8pmSt. Bonaventure University
3261 West State Road
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
Mar 18, 2015 
Mar 19, 2015
NACAC College Fair3/18 - 9am-12pm & 6pm-8:30pm       
3/19 - 9am-12pm
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
153 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Mar 20, 2015 
Mar 21, 2015
Somos El Futuro Conference 20152/20 - 10am-5pm 
2/21 - 9am-5pm
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12210
Mar 24, 2015Sullivan County Counselors Association College Night6:30pm-9pmSullivan County Community College
112 College Road
Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759
Apr 7, 2015Chenango County Spring College Day10:45am-2pmYMCA
68 North Broad Street
Norwich, NY 13815
Apr 19, 2015NACAC College Fair11am-4pmJacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
NY, NY 10001
Apr 20, 2015CASDA College Fair6:30pm-8pmSaratoga Springs High School
1 Blue Streak Blvd
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Apr 20, 2015Suffolk Spring College Fair5:30pm-8:30pmHuntington Hilton Hotel
598 Broad Hollow Road
Melville, NY 11747
Apr 21, 2015CASDA College Fair12pm-1pmGreen Tech High Charter School
321 Northern Blvd
Albany, NY 12210
Apr 21, 2015CASDA College Fair10:30am-11:30amAlbany Leadership Charter
High School for Girls
19 Hackett Blvd
Albany, NY 12208
Apr 21, 2015CASDA College Fair6:30pm-8pmGuilderland High School
8 School Road
Guilderland, NY 12085
Apr 21, 2015Nassau Counselors Association
44th Annual Spring College Expo
5:30pm-8:30pmHofstra University
Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex
Hampstead, LI 11549
Apr 22, 2015CASDA College Fair9am-10:30amStillwater High School
334 North Hudson Avenue
Stillwater, NY 12170
Apr 22, 2015CASDA College Fair6:30pm-8pmShenendehowa High School East
970 Rte 156
Clifton Park, NY 12540
Apr 22, 2015East End Counselors Association College Fair5pm-7:30pmWesthampton Beach High School
49 Lilac Road
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
May 17, 2015SUNY College FairTBDArmory Track and Field Center
216 Fort Washington Ave.
NY, NY 10032
May 19, 2015SUNY College FairTBDLong Island, 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 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.