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.

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.

 

2018 Schedule of College Fairs
When     WhatTimeWhere
Apr 10, 2018 Chenango County Spring College Day 10:45am-2pm YMCA
68 North Broad Street
Norwich, NY 13815
Apr 10, 2018 Assemblyman Dillan's College Fair 11am-3pm Transit Technical High School
1 Well Street
Brooklyn, NY 11208
Apr 11, 2018 Delaware County Counselors Association Spring 2018 College and Career Fair 9am-11am

SUNY Delhi
454 Delhi Drive
Delhi, NY 13753

Apr 11, 2018 CASDA College Fair - Colonie 6:30pm-8pm South Colonie High School
1 Raider Blvd.
Albany, NY 12205
Apr 14, 2018 Senate District 19 College Fair 12pm-3pm South Shore Eduational Complex
6565 Flatlands Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11236
Apr 16, 2018 CASDA College Fair -
Saratoga Springs
6:30pm-8pm Saratoga Springs High School
1 Blue Streak Blvd.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Apr 17, 2018 Nassau Counselors Association Long Island Spring College Expo 5:30pm-8:30pm Hofstra University
Mack Sports & Exhibition Complex
1000 Fulton Avenue
Hempstead, NY 11549
Apr 17, 2018 CASDA College Fair - Guilderland 6:30pm-8pm Guilderland High School
8 School Road
Guilderland Center, NY 12085
Apr 18, 2018 CASDA College Fair - Albany 10am-11:45am Albany High School
700 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
Apr 18, 2018 East End Counselors Association Spring College Fair 5pm-7:30pm Westhampton Beach Country Club
49 Lilac Road
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Apr 18, 2018 Oswego County Counselors Association  College Fair 6:30pm-8:30pm  SUNY Oswego
7060 SR 140
Oswego, NY 13126
Apr 19, 2018 CASDA College Fair - Stillwater 9am-10:30am Stillwater High School
1068 Hudson Avenue
Stillwater, NY 12170
Apr 19, 2018 CASDA College Fair - Shenendehowa 6:30pm-8pm Shenendehowa High School East
970 Rte 156
Clifton Park, NY 12540
Apr 22, 2018 NACAC College Fair - NYC 11am-4pm Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Apr 22, 2018 SUNY College Expo 1pm-3:30pm Albany Capital Center
55 Eagle Street
Albany, NY 12207
Apr 23, 2018 South Westchester College Fair 6:30pm-9pm Westchester County Center
198 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606
Apr 23, 2018 Sachem Central School District College Fair 7pm-9pm Sachem East High School
17 Granny Road
Farmingdale, NY 11738
Apr 24, 2018 CASDA College Fair - Hudson 11:45am-1pm Hudson High School
208 Harry Howard Ave
Hudson, NY 12534
Apr 24, 2018 CASDA College Fair - Newburgh 6:30pm-8pm Newburgh Free Academy
North Campus
301 Robinson Avenue
Newburgh, NY 12550
Apr 24, 2018 North Westchester College Fair 8am-1pm P/NW BOCES Campus
200 BOCES Drive
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Apr 24, 2018 North Westchester College Fair 6pm-9pm Fox Lane High School
632 S. Bedford Road
Bedford, NY 10506
Apr 25, 2018 CASDA College Fair - Bethlehem 6:30pm-8pm Bethlehem High School
700 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
Apr 25, 2018 Orange County Counselors Association College Fair 6:30pm-8:30pm Orange County Community College
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940
Apr 25, 2018 Albert Tuitt Campus First Annual College Fair 8am-2:30pm Albert Tuitt Campus
921 East 228th Street
Bronx, NY 10466
Apr 26, 2018

CASDA College Fair -
Albany

11am-12:30pm Albany Leadership Charter School
19 Hackett Blvd
Albany, NY 12208
Apr 26, 2018 CASDA College Fair - Schenectady 6:30pm-8pm Schenectady High School
1445 The Plaza
Schenectady, NY 12308
May 2, 2018 CASDA College Fair - HVCC 9am-11:30am & 6pm-8pm Hudson Valley Community College
Edward F. McDonough Recreation Center
80 Vandenburgh Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
May 3, 2018 CASDA College Fair - Green Tech 11:30am-1pm Green Tech High Charter School
321 Northern Blvd
Albany, NY 12202
May 6, 2018 SUNY College Fair - Long Island 1pm-4pm Suffolk County Community College
Michael J. Grant Campus
Health, Sports & Education Center
Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, NY 11717
May 17, 2018 NYSACAC College Fair - Bergen 9:30am-12:30pm Byron Bergen High School
6917 West Bergen Road
Bergen, NY 14416
May 20, 2018 SUNY College Fair - NYC 12:30pm-5pm Armory Track & Field Center
216 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032
May 21, 2018 NYCA College Fair - Arlington 2:15pm-3:30pm & 5pm-6:30pm Arlington High School
1157 Rte 55
Lagrangeville, NY 12540
June 8, 2018 Aviations Career Explorations Day 8:30am-2pm Norwich Airport
6390 State Highway12 Norwich, NY 13815
Sept 18, 2018 CAO of Erie County 33rd Annual College Day 9:30am-1:30pm Buffalo Riverworks
359 Ganson Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Oct 21, 2018 Big Apple College Fair 1pm-4pm Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street, Hall 1C
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. 
 
  

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