- 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|
|September 10, 2014||SUNY College Fair - Albany||6pm-8:30pm||University at Albany|
1400 Washington Avenue
|September 14, 2014||SUNY College Fair - Long Island||1pm-4pm||Farmingdale State University|
2350 Broadhollow Road
|September 15, 2014||SUNY College Fair - Suffolk County||5:30pm-8pm||Suffolk County Community College|
Michael J. Grant Campus
Health, Sports Education Center
1001 Crooked Hill Road
|September 16, 2014||SUNY College Fair - Syracuse||6pm-8:30pm||Onondaga Community College|
4585 West Seneca Turnpike
|September 17, 2014||SUNY College Fair - Rochester||6pm-8:30pm||Monroe Community College|
1000 East Henrietta Road
|September 18, 2014||SUNY College Fair - New Paltz||6pm-8:30pm||SUNY New Paltz|
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY
|September 21, 2014||SUNY College Fair - Buffalo||4pm-6:30pm||University at Buffalo|
3435 Main Street
|September 21, 2014||Nassau Counselors Association |
34th Annual Fall College Expo
SUNY College at Old Westbury
|September 22, 2014||CASDA College Fair - |
|6pm-8pm||Arlington High School|
1157 Rte 55
|September 23, 2014||SUNY College Fair - NYC||4pm-7:30pm||The Jacob Javits Center|
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY
|September 23, 2014||CASDA College Fair - Kingston||6pm-8pm||Kingston Central School District|
High School Field House/Gym
403 Broadway, Kingston, NY
|September 23, 2014||Community Action Organization |
of Erie County, Inc. College Day
|9:30am - 2pm||Maria Villa College|
240 Pine Ridge Road
Buffalo, NY 14225
|September 23, 2014||Southern Erie County |
|7pm-8:30pm||Hilbert College Campus|
Hibert's Hafner Recreation Center
5200 South Park Avenue
|September 24, 2014||Cardinal O'Hara High School |
|6:30pm-8pm||Cardinal O'Hara High School|
390 O'Hara Road
|September 24, 2014||Bishop Ludden High School |
|6:30pm-8:30pm||Bishop Ludden High School|
815 Fay Road
Syracuse, NY 13219
|September 24, 2014||CASDA College Fair - Troy||9am-11:30am |
|Hudson Valley Community College|
Edward F. McDonough Recreation Center
80 Vandenburgh Avenue
|September 24, 2014||Rochester College Nights||6:30pm-8:30pm||Marketplace Mall|
One Miracle Mile Drive
|September 25, 2014||Rochester College Nights||6:30pm-8pm||Greece Ridge Center Mall|
271 Greece Ridge Center
|September 29, 2014||Higher Education Day at |
Jefferson Community College
|Jefferson Community college|
1220 Coffeen Street
|September 29, 2014||CASDA College Fair - |
|6pm-8pm||Monroe Woodbury High School|
155 Dunderberg Road
Central Valley, NY
|September 30,2014||Northern Zone Higher Education|
|St. Lawrence University|
|September 30, 2014||Bath-Haverling High School and |
Bath Knights of Columbus 18th
Annual College Fair
|6pm-7:30pm||Bath-Haverling High School|
25 Ellas Avenue
Bath, NY 14810
|October 1, 2014||SUNY Plattsburgh College Fair||6:30pm-8:30pm||SUNY Plattsburgh|
|October 2, 2014||Adirondack School Counselors|
Association Fall College Fair
|October 4 & |
October 5, 2014
|Circle of Sisters 2014||The Jacob Javits Center|
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY
|October 5, 2014||National Association for College |
Admission Counseling (NACAC)
|11am-3pm||Nassau Veterans Memorial |
Long Island, NY
|October 6, 2014||CASDA College Fair - |
|6:30pm-8pm||Saratoga Springs High School|
1 Blue Streak Blvd.
Saratoga Springs, NY
|October 7, 2014||CASDA College Fair - |
|6pm-7:30pm||Guilderland High School|
Guilderland Center, NY
|October 8, 2014||CASDA College Fair - Bethlehem||6pm-7:30pm||Bethlehem Central High School|
700 Delmar Avenue
|October 9, 2014||Madison County College Fair||10:30am-12:30pm||Oneida High School|
560 Seneca Street
|October 9, 2014||CASDA College Fair - Clifton Park||6:30pm-8:30pm||Shenendehowa High School East|
970 Rte 156
Clifton Park, NY
|October 14, 2014||31st Annual College |
|12pm-2pm & |
|Tompkins Cortland Community College|
170 North Street
|October 15, 2014||Greater Binghamton College |
|11am - 2pm & |
6pm - 8pm
|Broome County Veterans|
1 Stuart Street
|October 16, 2014||SCT and Corning Counselors |
Association College Information
|11am-2pm & |
|The Arnot Mall|
|October 20, 2014||Schoharie County & |
SUNY Cobleskill Association Fall
|October 20, 2014||Otsego County Counselors |
Association College Fair
|6pm - 8:30pm||SUNY Oneonta|
1 Ravine Parkway
Oneonta, NY 13820
|October 21, 2014||North Westchester College Fair||6:30pm - 9pm||Yorktown Heights High School|
2727 Crompond Road
|October 22, 2014||South Westchester Guidance |
Expo and College Fair
|6:30pm - 9pm||Westchester County Center|
198 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY
|October 23, ,2014||Rockland County College Night||7pm - 9pm||Rockland Community College|
145 College Road
|October 24, 2014||East End Counselors College Fair||10am-12:30pm||Southampton High School|
141 Narrow Lane
|October 25, 2014||Big Apple College Fair||1pm - 4pm||The Jacob Javits Center|
655 West 34th Street
New York, 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 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.