- 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|
|Sept 22, 2015||Community Action Org of Erie County Inc.|
|9:30am-2pm||Villa Maria College|
240 Pine Ridge Road
Buffalo, NY 14225
|Sept 22, 2015|
Eastview College Fair
7979 Pittsford-Victor Road
Victor, NY 14564
|Sept 22, 2015|
Southern Erie County Counselors
|7pm-8:30pm||Hilbert College Campus|
Hilbert's Hafner Recreation Center
5200 South Park Ave
Hamburg, NY 14075
|Sept 23, 2015|
North Tonawanda High School
|7:50am-9:30am||North Tonawanda High School|
405 Meadow Drive
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
|Sept 23, 2015|
Cardinal O'Hara High School College Fair
|6:30pm-7:45pm||Cardinal O'Hara High School|
39 O'Hara Road
Tonawanda, NY 14150
|Sept 23, 2015|
Rochester College Night
One Miracle Mile Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
|Sept 23, 2015 &|
Sept 24, 2015
Gates Chili College Fair
|10:30am-12pm||Gates Chili High School|
1 Spartan Way
Rochester, NY 14624
|Sept 24, 2015|
Rochester College Night
|6:30pm-8pm||Greece Ridge Center Mall|
271 Greece Ridge Center Drive
Rochester, NY 14626
|Sept 26, 2015|
Chinese American Planning Council
|TBD||Chinese American Planning Council|
63 Mott Street
New York, NY 10002
|Sept 28, 2105||CASDA College Fair at |
Arlington High School
|6pm-8pm||Arlington High School|
1157 Rte 55
Lagrangeville, NY 12540
|Sept 29, 2015||CASDA College Fair at|
Kingston Central School District
|6pm-8pm||Kingston Central School District|
High School Field House/Gym
Kingston, NY 12401
|Sept 29, 2015||19th Annual College Fair at|
Bath Central School
|6pm-7:30pm||Bath Central School|
25 Ellas Avenue
Bath, NY 14810
|Sept 30, 2015||CASDA College Fair at|
Hudson Valley Community College
|Hudson Valley Community College|
Edward F. McDonough
80 Vandenburgh Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
|Sept 30, 2015||College Fair at the |
Adlai E. Stevenson Educational Campus
|2pm-5:30pm||Adlai E. Stevenson|
1980 Lafayette Ave
Bronx, NY 10473
|Oct 1, 2015||CASDA College Fair at|
Monroe Woodbury High School
|6pm-8pm||Monroe Woodbury High School|
155 Dunderberg Road
Central Valley, NY 10917
|Oct 5, 2015||Higher Education Day at|
Jefferson Community College
|Jefferson Community College|
1220 Coffeen Street
Watertown, NY 13601
|Oct 5, 2015||CASDA College Fair at|
Saratoga Springs High School
|Saratoga Springs High School|
1 Blue Streak Blvd.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
|Oct 6, 2015||CASDA College Fair at|
Bethleham Central High School
|6pm-7:30pm||Bethleham Central High School|
700 Delmar Avenu
Delmar, NY 12054
|Oct 7, 2015||CASDA College Fair at|
Shenendehowa High School East
|6:30pm - 8:30pm||Shenendehowa High School East|
970 Rte 156
Clifton Park, NY 12540
|Oct 15, 2015||Madison County College Fair||10:30am-12:30pm||Oneida High School|
560 Seneca Street
Oneida, NY 13421
|Oct 16, 2015||East End Counselors Association|
|10am-12:30pm||East Hampton High School|
2 Long Lane
East Hampton, NY 11937
|Oct 17, 2015 &|
Oct 18, 2015
|Circle of Sisters College Pavillion||TBD||Jacob K. Javits|
655 West 34th Street
NY, NY 10001
|Oct 20, 2015||College Fair at|
Tompkins Cortland Community College
157 Main Street
Cortland, NY 13053
|Oct 21, 2015||Greater Binghamton College Day||11am-2pm &|
Veterans Memorial Arena
1 Stuart Street
Binghamton, NY 13901
|Oct 21, 2015||South Westchester Guidance Expo|
and College Fair
|6:30pm-9pm||Westchester County Center|
198 Central Ave
White Plains, NY 10606
|Oct 22, 2015||North Westchester College Fair||6:30pm-9pm||Yorktown Heights High School|
2727 Crompound Road
Yorktown, NY 10598
|Oct 22, 2015||SCT and Corning Counselors|
Association College Fair
3300 Chambers Road
Horseheads, NY 14845
|Oct 28, 2015||The Children's Aid Society's 2015 WISE2|
|TBD||Wadleigh Secondary School for|
Performing and Visual Arts
215 West 114th Street
New York, NY 10026
Planning ahead with these seven tips can help you make the most of your time at a college fair:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.