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.

 

2015 Schedule of College Fairs
WhenWhatTimeWhere
Sept 12, 2016SUNY College Fair - Albany6pm-8pm

University at Albany
SEFCU Arena
1400 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12222

Sept 13, 2016SUNY College Fair - Buffalo6pm-8pm

University at Buffalo
Alumni Arena
12 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260

Sept 14, 2016SUNY College Fair - Syracuse6pm-8pmOnondaga Community College
SRC Arena and Event Center
485 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215
Sept 15, 2016SUNY College Fair - Rochester6pm-8pmMonroe Community College
R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center
1000 E. Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14623
Sept 19, 2016SUNY College Fair - Long Island6pm-9pmNassau Community College
Physical Education Complex P
1 Education Drive
Garden City, NY 11530
Sept 19, 2016CASDA College Fair - Arlington6:30pm-8pmArlington High School
1157 Route 55
Lagrangeville, NY 12540
Sept 20, 2016Onteora High School's Annual College Fair9:15am-10:45amOnteora High School
4166 Route 28
Boiceville, NY 12412
Sept 20, 2016Community Action Organization of Erie County's Annual College Day9:30am-1:30pmBuffalo Niagara Convention Center
153 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Sept 20, 2016SUNY College Fair - Long Island5:30pm-8pmSuffolk County Community College
Michael J. Grant Campus Health,
Sports and Education Center
Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, NY 11717
Sept 20, 2016CASDA College Fair - Kingston6pm-8pmKingston High School
403 Broadway
Kingston, NY 12401
Sept 20, 2016Rochester Educatiional Opportunity Center's 2016 College Fair6pm-8pmRochester Riverside Convention Center
123 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604
Sept 20, 2016Southern Erie County Counselors Association College Night7pm-8:30pmHilbert College
5200 South Park Ave
Hamburg, NY 14075
Sept 20, 2016Kiwanis Club of Farmington-Victor's Eastview College Fair7pm-9pm

Eastview Mall
7979 Pittsford-Victor Road
Victor, NY 14564

Sept 21, 2016North Tonawanda High School College Fair7:50am-9:30amNorth Tonawanda High School
405 Meadow Drive
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Sept 21, 2016CASDA College Fair - HVCC9am-1:30am & 6pm-8pmHudson Valley Community College
Edward F. McDonough Recreation Center
80 Vandenburgh Blvd.
Troy, NY 12180
Sept 21, 2016Gates Chili High School College Fair10:30am-12pmGates Chili High School
1 Spartan Way
Rochester, NY 14624
Sept 21, 2016Wayne Area College Fair12pm-2pm

James A. Beneway High School
6200 Ontario Center Road
Ontario Center, NY 14520

Sept 21, 2016Cardinal O'Hara High School College Fair5:15pm-8pmCardinal O'Hara High School
39 O'Hara Road
Tonawanda, NY 14150
Sept 21, 2016Rochester College Night - Market Place Mall6:30pm-8pmMarket Place Mall
One Miracle Mile Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
Sept 22, 2016Gates Chili High School College Fair10:30am-12pmGates Chili High School
1 Spartan Way
Rochester, NY 14624
Sept 22, 2016CASDA College Fair - Shaker6pm-8pmShaker High School
445 Watervliet Shaker Road
Latham, NY 12110
Sept 22, 2016SUNY College Fair - New Paltz6pm-8pmSUNY New Paltz
Athletic and Wellness Center
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561
Sept 22, 2016Rochester College Night - Greece Ridge Mall6:30pm-8pmGreece Ridge Center Mall
271 Greece Ridge Center Drive
Rochester, NY 14626
Sept 25, 2016SUNY College Fair - Family Session - NYC12:30pm-2:30pm & 3pm-5pm

Armory Track and Field Center
216 Fort Washington
Ave
New York, NY 10032

Sept 26, 216CASDA College Fair - Schalmont8am-9amSchalmont High School
1 Sabre Drive
Schenectady, NY 12306
Sept 26, 2016SUNY College Fair - High School Session - NYC9am-10:30am & 11am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-3pmArmory Track and Field Center
216 Fort Washington Ave
New York, NY 10032
Sept 26, 2016CASDA College Fair - Schenectady9:30am-11:30amSchenectady High School
1445 The Plaza
Schenectady, NY 12308
Sept 26, 2016SUNY College Fair - CBO Session - NYC3:30pm-5pmArmory Track and Field Center
216 Fort Washington Ave
New York, NY 10032
Sept 26, 2016CASDA College Fair - Saratoga Springs6:30pm-8pmSaratoga Springs High School
1 Blue Streak Blvd.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Sept 27, 2016SUNY College Fair  High School Session - High School Sessions - NYC9am-10:30am & 11am-12:30pm & 1pm-2:30pmArmory Track and Field Center
216 Fort Washington Ave
New York, NY 10032
Sept 27, 2016CASDA College Fair - Warrensburg12:30pm-1:30pmWarrensburgh High School
103 Schroon River Road
Warrensburg, NY 12885
Sept 27, 2016Bath Central School 21st Annual College Fair6pm-7:30pmBath Central School
25 Ellas Ave
Bath, NY 14810
Sept 28, 2016CASDA College Fair - Shenendehowa6:30pm-8pmShenendehowa High School East
970 Route 156
Clifton Park, NY 12540
Sept 29, 2016CASDA College Fair - Albany10:15am-11:45amAlbany High School
700 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12203
Sept 29, 2016CASDA College Fair - Green Tech12:30pm-1:30pmGreen Tech High Charter School
321 Northern Blvd.
Albany, NY 12202
Sept 29, 2016CASDA College Fair - Bethlehem6:30pm-8pmBethlehem High School
70 Selmar Ave
Delmar, NY 12054
Oct 2, 2016NACAC College Fair  Long Island11am-3pmSuffolk County Community College
Health, Sports & Education Center
Grant Campus
1001 Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, NY 11717
Oct 3, 2016Jefferson County Counselors Assoc Annual College Fair11am-1pm & 5pm-7pmJefferson Community College
1220 Coffeen Street
Watertown, NY 13601
Oct 4, 2016Northern Zone Higher Educaiton Night6:30pm-8:30pmSt. Lawrence University
Augsbury Field House
23 Romoda Drive
Canton, NY 13617
Oct 5, 2016SUNY Plattsburgh College Night6:30pm-8:30pmSUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Oct 6, 2016Orange County Counselors Assoc College Fair1pm-3pmGoshen High School
222 Scotchtown Ave
Goshen, NY 10924
Oct 6, 2016CASDA College Fair - Monroe Woodbury6pm-8pmMonroe Woodbury High School
155 Dunderberg
Central Valley, NY 10917
Oct 11, 2016Mohawk Valley Cunseling Assoc 40th Annual College Night6:30pm-8:30pmMohawk Valley Comunity College
Jorgensen Athletic/Event Center
1101 Sherman Drive
Utice, NY 13501
Oct 15, 2016Circle of Sisters College Fair 201610am-8pmJacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Oct 16, 2016Circle of Sisters College Fair 201610am-7pmJacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Oct 16, 2016NYSACAC College Fair1pm-3pm

St. John's University
McNair Scholars Program
St. Augustine Hall
Jamaica, NY 11439

Oct 17, 2016Schoharie County Counselors Assoc and SUNY Cobleskill College Information Day11:30am-1:30pmSUNY Cobleskill
106 Suffolk Circle
Cobleskill, NY 12043
Oct 18, 2016South Westchester Guidance Expo8:30am-2:30pmWestchester County Center
198 Central Ave
White Plains, NY 10606
Oct 18, 2016TCS Annual College Program12pm-2pm & 6pm-8pmTompkins Cortland Community College
107 Main Street
Dryden, NY 13053
Oct 18, 2016South Westchester College Fair6:30pm-9pmWestchester County Center
198 Central Ave.
White Plains, NY 10606
Oct 19, 2016Greater Binghamton College Day11am-2pm & 6pm-8pmFloyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena
1 Stuart Street
Binghamton, NY 13901
Oct 19, 2016Rockland County College Night7pm-9pmRockland Community College
Field House
145 College Road
Suffern, NY
Oct 20, 2016SCT & Corning Counselors Assoc College Fair11am-2pm & 5pm-7pmArnot Mall
3300 Chambers Road
Horseheads. NY 14845
Oct 20, 2016North Westchester College Fair6:30pm-9pmYorktown Heights High School
2725 Crompond Road
Yorktown, NY 10598
Oct 22, 2016Big Apple College Fair 1pm-4pmJacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

 

 

 

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.