- 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|
|Feb 14, 2015||Black and Puerto Rican|
Legislators 44th Annual Conference
|9am-5pm||Empire State Plaza|
Albany, NY 12210
|Mar 3, 2015||College and Career Night||TBD||Niagara County Community College|
3111 Saunders Settlement Road
Sanborn, NY 14132
|Mar 7, 2015||18th Annual College Fair and|
Financial Aid Presentation
|12pm-4pm||Riverbank State Park|
679 Riverside Drive
NY, NY 10032
|Mar 7, 2015||25th Annual Latino College Expo||8am-3pm||NYU Kimmel Center|
60 Washington Square South
NY, NY 10012
|Mar 12, 2015||NACAC College Fair||9am-12pm & |
|SRC Arena at|
Onondaga Community College
4585 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215
|Mar 12, 2015||CFES/College for Every Student & |
Ostego County Coiunselors Annual Sophomore Summit
108 Ravine Parkway
Oneonta, NY 13820
|Mar 15, 2015 |
Mar 16, 2015
|NACAC College Fair||3/15 - 1pm-3:30pm|
3/16 - 9am-12pm
|Rochester Riverside Convention Center|
123 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604
|Mar 17, 2015||Penn/York College Night||6pm-8pm||St. Bonaventure University|
3261 West State Road
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
|Mar 18, 2015 |
Mar 19, 2015
|NACAC College Fair||3/18 - 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 2015||2/20 - 10am-5pm |
2/21 - 9am-5pm
|Empire State Plaza|
Albany, NY 12210
|Mar 24, 2015||Sullivan County Counselors Association College Night||6:30pm-9pm||Sullivan County Community College|
112 College Road
Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759
|Apr 7, 2015||Chenango County Spring College Day||10:45am-2pm||YMCA |
68 North Broad Street
Norwich, NY 13815
|Apr 19, 2015||NACAC College Fair||11am-4pm||Jacob K. Javits Convention Center|
655 West 34th Street
NY, NY 10001
|Apr 20, 2015||CASDA College Fair||6:30pm-8pm||Saratoga Springs High School|
1 Blue Streak Blvd
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
|Apr 20, 2015||Suffolk Spring College Fair||5:30pm-8:30pm||Huntington Hilton Hotel|
598 Broad Hollow Road
Melville, NY 11747
|Apr 21, 2015||CASDA College Fair||12pm-1pm||Green Tech High Charter School|
321 Northern Blvd
Albany, NY 12210
|Apr 21, 2015||CASDA College Fair||10:30am-11:30am||Albany Leadership Charter |
High School for Girls
19 Hackett Blvd
Albany, NY 12208
|Apr 21, 2015||CASDA College Fair||6:30pm-8pm||Guilderland High School|
8 School Road
Guilderland, NY 12085
|Apr 21, 2015||Nassau Counselors Association |
44th Annual Spring College Expo
Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex
Hampstead, LI 11549
|Apr 22, 2015||CASDA College Fair||9am-10:30am||Stillwater High School|
334 North Hudson Avenue
Stillwater, NY 12170
|Apr 22, 2015||CASDA College Fair||6:30pm-8pm||Shenendehowa High School East|
970 Rte 156
Clifton Park, NY 12540
|Apr 22, 2015||East End Counselors Association College Fair||5pm-7:30pm||Westhampton Beach High School|
49 Lilac Road
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
|May 17, 2015||SUNY College Fair||TBD||Armory Track and Field Center|
216 Fort Washington Ave.
NY, NY 10032
|May 19, 2015||SUNY College Fair||TBD||Long Island, NY|
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.