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
Sept 22, 2015           Community Action Org of Erie County Inc.
College Day
9:30am-2pmVilla Maria College
Student Center
240 Pine Ridge Road
Buffalo, NY 14225
Sept 22, 2015

 Eastview College Fair

7pm-9pmEastview Mall
7979 Pittsford-Victor Road
Victor, NY 14564
Sept 22, 2015

Southern Erie County Counselors
Association College Night

7pm-8:30pmHilbert College Campus
Hilbert's Hafner Recreation Center
5200 South Park Ave
Hamburg, NY 14075
Sept 23, 2015

North Tonawanda High School
College Fair

7:50am-9:30amNorth Tonawanda High School
405 Meadow Drive
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Sept 23, 2015

 Cardinal O'Hara High School College Fair

6:30pm-7:45pmCardinal O'Hara High School
39 O'Hara Road
Tonawanda, NY 14150
Sept 23, 2015

 Rochester College Night

6:30pm-8pmMarketplace Mall
One Miracle Mile Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
Sept 23, 2015 &
Sept 24, 2015

 Gates Chili College Fair

10:30am-12pmGates Chili High School
1 Spartan Way
Rochester, NY 14624
Sept 24, 2015

 Rochester College Night

6:30pm-8pmGreece Ridge Center Mall
271 Greece Ridge Center Drive
Rochester, NY 14626
Sept 26, 2015

Chinese American Planning Council
Community College Fair

TBDChinese American Planning Council
63 Mott Street
New York, NY 10002
Sept 28, 2105CASDA College Fair at
Arlington High School
6pm-8pmArlington High School
1157 Rte 55
Lagrangeville, NY 12540
Sept 29, 2015CASDA College Fair at
Kingston Central School District
6pm-8pmKingston Central School District
High School Field House/Gym
403 Broadway
Kingston, NY 12401
Sept 29, 201519th Annual College Fair at
Bath Central School
6pm-7:30pmBath Central School
25 Ellas Avenue
Bath, NY 14810
Sept 30, 2015CASDA College Fair at
Hudson Valley Community College
9am-11:30am &
6pm-8pm
Hudson Valley Community College
Edward F. McDonough
Recreation Center
80 Vandenburgh Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
Sept 30, 2015College Fair at the
Adlai E. Stevenson Educational Campus
2pm-5:30pmAdlai E. Stevenson
Educational Campus
Gymnasium
1980 Lafayette Ave
Bronx, NY 10473
Oct 1, 2015CASDA College Fair at
Monroe Woodbury High School
6pm-8pmMonroe Woodbury High School
155 Dunderberg Road
Central Valley, NY 10917
Oct 4, 2015NACAC College Fair

 11am-3pm

Suffolk County Community College
Health, Sports & Education Center
Grant Capus
Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, NY 11717
Oct 5, 2015Higher Education Day at
Jefferson Community College

11am-1pm &
5pm-7pm

Jefferson Community College
1220 Coffeen Street
Watertown, NY 13601
Oct 5, 2015CASDA College Fair at
Saratoga Springs High School

6:30pm8pm

Saratoga Springs High School
1 Blue Streak Blvd.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Oct 6, 2015CASDA College Fair at
Bethleham Central High School
6pm-7:30pmBethleham Central High School
700 Delmar Avenu
Delmar, NY 12054
Oct 6, 2015

St. Lawrence University and the
Northern Zone Assoc for Counselors
and Development College Fair

6:30pm-8:30pmSt. Lawrence University
Augsbury Field House
23 Romoda Drive
Canton, NY 13617
Oct 7, 2015CASDA College Fair at
Shenendehowa High School East
6:30pm - 8:30pmShenendehowa High School East
970 Rte 156
Clifton Park, NY 12540
Oct 7, 2015Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
College Fair
6pm-8:30pmFrank Sinatra School of the Arts
35-12 35th Avenue
Queens, NY 11106
Oct 15, 2015Madison County College Fair10:30am-12:30pmOneida High School
560 Seneca Street
Oneida, NY 13421
Oct 16, 2015East End Counselors Association
College Fair
10am-12:30pmEast Hampton High School
2 Long Lane
East Hampton, NY 11937
Oct 17, 2015 &
Oct 18, 2015
Circle of Sisters College PavillionTBDJacob K. Javits
Concention Center
655 West 34th Street
NY, NY 10001
Oct 20, 2015College Fair at
Tompkins Cortland Community College
12pm-2pm &
6pm-8pm
Tompkins Cortland
Community College
157 Main Street
Cortland, NY 13053
Oct 21, 2015Greater Binghamton College Day11am-2pm &
6pm-8pm
Broome County
Veterans Memorial Arena
1 Stuart Street
Binghamton, NY 13901
Oct 21, 2015South Westchester Guidance Expo
and College Fair
6:30pm-9pmWestchester County Center
198 Central Ave
White Plains, NY 10606
Oct 22, 2015North Westchester College Fair6:30pm-9pmYorktown Heights High School
2727 Crompound Road
Yorktown, NY 10598
Oct 22, 2015SCT and Corning Counselors
Association College Fair
11am-2pm &
5pm-7pm
Arnot Mall
3300 Chambers Road
Horseheads, NY 14845
Oct 24, 2015Big Apple College Information Program1pm-4pmJacob K. Javits
Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
NY, NY 10001
Oct 27, 2015NACAC 2015 New York City Performing
& Visual Arts College Fair
6pm-9pmJacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Oct 28, 2015The Children's Aid Society's 2015 WISE2
College Fair
TBDWadleigh Secondary School for
Performing and Visual Arts
215 West 114th Street
New York, NY 10026
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.