College Fairs

College Fairs

To find a college fair in your area, check with your high school counselor and visit HESC’s College Fair Calendar.


  • About College Fairs
  • College Fair Calendar
  • College Fair Visit Tips

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.

  • 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.


Oct 10, 2018 St. Joseph's High School College Fair TBD Saint Joseph High School
80 willoughby Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Oct 10, 2018 Poughkeepsie City School District & Mulitcultural Coalition College Fair 9:30am-12:30pm Poughkeepsie High School Gymnasium
70 Forbus Street
Poughkeepsie, NU 12603
Oct 10, 2018 Rome Free Academy Annual College Night 6:30pm-8pm Rome Free Academy
Large Gym
95 Dart Circle
Rome, NY 13441
Oct 10, 2018 CASDA College Fair - Newburgh 6:30pm-8pm Newburgh Free Academy
201 Fullerton Avenue
Newburgh, NY 12550
Oct 10, 2018 Uniondale High School College Expo 7pm-9pm Uniondale High School
933 Goodrich Street
Uniondale, NY11553
Oct 10, 2018 & Oct 11, 2018 SUNY College Fair - NYC Day 1-1pm-7pm
Day 2-9am-2:30pm
Uniondale High School
933 Goodrich Street
Uniondale, NY11553
Oct 11, 2018 Madison County College Fair 10:30am-12:30pm Oneida High School
560 Seneca Street
Oneida, NY 13421-2629
Oct 11, 2018 CASDA College Fair - Bethleham 6:30pm-8pm Bethlehem High Schoool
700 Delmar Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
Oct 11, 2018 Central Islip High School College Fair 6:30pm-9pm Central Islip High School
85 Wheeler Road
Central Islip, NY 11722
Oct 12, 2018 College Fair @ New York Public Library 10am-2pm New York Public Library
Steven A. Schwarzman Bldg.
42nd Street & 5th Avenue
New York, NY
Oct 12, 2018 Colonie Central High School College Fair 10:30am-11:45am South Colonie High School
1 Raider Blvd
Albany, NY 12205
Oct 14, 2018 NACAC STEM College Fair 1pm-4pm Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Oct 15, 2018 35th Annual Schoharie County Counselors and College Information Day 11:30am-1:30pm SUNY Cobleskill
Bouck Hall Ballroom
106 Suffolk Circle
Cobleskill, NY 12043
Oct 15, 2018 Otsego County Cuonselors Association 2018 College Night 6pm-8pm SUNY Oneonta
108 Ravine Parkway
Oneonta, NY 13820
Oct 16, 2018 TC3's Annual College Day/Night Program 12pm-2pm & 6pm-8pm Tompkins Cortland Community College
170 North Street
Dryden, NY 13053-0139
Oct 16, 2018 Rockland County College Night 7pm-9pm Rockland Community College
Field House
145 College Road
Suffern, NY 10901
Oct 17, 2018 2nd Annual Walton Educational Campus College Fair 10am-2pm Walton Education Complex
2780 Reservoir Avenue
Bronx, NY 10468
Oct 17, 2018 South Westchester Guidance Expo 8:30am-2:30pm Westchester County Center
198 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606
Oct 17, 2018 Greater Binghamton College Day 11am-2pm & 6pm-8pm Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena
1 Stuart Street
Binghamton, NY13901
Oct 17, 2018 South Westchester College Fair 6:30pm-9pm Westchester County Center
198 Central AVenue
White Plains, NY 10606
Oct 18, 2018 Oswego County Counselors Association College Fair 9am-12pm Cayuga Community College
Fulton Campus
River Glen Plaza
Route 481
Fulton, NY
Oct 18, 2018 North Westchester College Fair 6:30pm-9pm Yorktown Heights High School
2725 Crompond Road
Yorktown, NY 10598
Oct 19, 2018 Colonie Central High School College Fair 10:30am-11:45am South Colonie High School
1 Raider Blvd.
Albany, NY 12205
Oct 21, 2018 Big Apple College Fair 1pm-4pm Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street, Hall 1C
New York, NY 10001
Oct 22, 2018 NYSACAC College Fair - Brooklyn TBD St. Joseph's College
245 Clinton Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Oct 23, 2018 Parchogue-Medford High School College Fair 6:30pm-8:30pm Patchogue-Medford High School
181 Buffalo Avenue
Medford, NY 11763
Oct 30, 2018 NYSACAC College Fair - Albany TBD Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
106 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
Oct 30, 2018 John S. Burke Catholic High School's 4th Annual College Fair 6pm-8pm John S. Burke Catholic High School
Burke Catholic Gym
80 Fletcher Street
Goshen, NY 10924
Nov 1, 2018 Valley Central High School's College Fair 10:20am-12:25pm Valley Central High School
1175 State Route 17K
Montgomery, NY 12549
Nov 1, 2018 Pine Bush High School's 32nd Annual Tri-County College Night Program 7pm-8:30pm Pine Bush High School
Rte 302
Pine Bush NY
Nov 2, 2018 Annual Sullivan County Guidance Counselor's Association College and Career Fair 8am-12pm SUNY Sullivan
Paul Gerry Fieldhouse
112 College Road
Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759
Nov 17, 2018 2018 College Access Fair for African-American/Black and Latino/Hispanic Students & Families 12pm-3pm Fordham University
Rose Hill Campus
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458




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.