College Fairs

College Fairs
  • 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.


2017 Schedule of College Fairs
When     WhatTimeWhere
Sept 10, 2017 SUNY College Fair 1pm-4pm Suffolk County Community College
Health Sports & Education CEnter
Grant Campus
1001 Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, NY 11717
Sept 12, 2017 SUNY College Fair 6pm-9pm Nassau Community College
Physical Education Complex P
1 Education Drive
Garden City, NY 11530
Sept 13, 2017 CASDA College Fair - Shaker 6:30pm-8pm

Shaker High School
445 Watervliet Shaker Road
Latham, NY 12110

Sept 13, 2017 SUNY College Fair - Albany 6pm-8pm Empire State Plaza Convention Center
Albany, NY
Sept 14, 2017 SUNY College Fair - New Paltz 6pm-8pm SUNY New Paltz
Athletic and Wellness Center
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561
Sept 14, 2017 NYCA College Fair - Bethleham 6:30pm-8pm Bethlehem High School
700 Delaware Ave
Delmar, NY 12054
Sept 17, 2017 SUNY College Fair - Buffalo 4pm-6pm University at Buffalo
Alumni Arena
12 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Sept 18, 2017 NYCA College Fair - Arlington 6:30pm-8pm Arlington High School
1157 Rte 55
Lagrangeville, NY 12540
Sept 18, 2017 SUNY College Fair - Rochester 6pm-8pm Monroe Community College
R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center
1000 E. Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14623
Sept 19, 2017 Onteora High School's Annual College Fair 9:15am-10:45am Onteora High School
4166 Route 28
Boiceville, NY 12412
Sept 19, 2017 CAO of Erie County 33rd Annual College Day 9:30am-1:30pm Buffalo Riverworks
359 Ganson Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Sept 19, 2017 CASDA College Fair - Kingston 6:30pm-8pm Kingston High School
61 Crown Street
Kingston, NY 12401
Sept 19, 2017 Southern Erie County Counselors Association College Night 7pm-8:30pm Hilbert College
5200 South Park Avenue
Hamburg, NY 14075
Sept 19, 2017 SUNY College Fair - Syracuse 6pm-8pm Onondaga Community College
SRC Arena & Events Center
485 Wet Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215
Sept 20, 2017 23rd Annual North Tonawanda High School College Fair 8:30am-9:30am North Tonawanda High School
405 Neadow Drive
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Sept 20, 2017 CASDA College Fair - HVCC 9am-11:30am & 6pm-8pm Hudson Valley Community College
Edward F. McDonough Recreation Center
80 Vandenburgh Blvd
Troy, NY 12180
Sept 25, 2017 NYCA College Fair - Green Tech 11:20am-1:15pm Green Tech High Charter School
99 Slingerland Street
Albany, NY 12202
Sept 25, 2017 CASDA College Fair - Saratoga Springs 6:30pm-8pm Saratoga Springs High School
1 Blue Streak Blvd
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Sept 26, 2017 CASDA College Fair - Green Tech 11:30am-1pm Green Tech Charter High School
99 Slingerland Street
Albany, NY 12202
Sept 26, 2017 NYCA College Fair - Warrensburg 12:30pm-1:30pm Warrensburg High School
103 Schroon River Road
Warrensburg, NY 12885
Sept 26, 2017 CASDA College Fair - Guilderland 6:30pm-8pm Guilderland High School
8 School Road
Guilderland Center, NY 12085
Sept 27, 2017 CASDA College Fair - Albany 10:15am-12:30pm Albany High School
700 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12203
Sept 27, 2017 Walton Education Complex's Annual College Fair 12pm-4pm Walton Education Complex
2780 Reservoir Ave
Bronx, NY 10468
Sept 27, 2017 CASDA College Fair - Shenendehowa 6:30pm-8pm Shenendehowa High School
970 Rte 146
Clifton Park, NY 12540
Sept 27 & 28, 2017 Gates Chili Annual College Fairs 10:30am-12pm
each day
Gates Chili High School
1 Spartan Way
Rochester, NY 14624
Sept 27, 2017 Rochester College Nights - Marketplace 6:30pm-8pm Marketplace Mall
One Miracle Mile Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
Sept 28, 2017 CASDA College Fair - Schenectady 9:30am-11:30am Schenectady High School
1445 The Plaza
Schenectady, NY 12308
Sept 28, 2017 CASDA College Fair - Schalmont 6:30pm-8pm Schalmont High School
1 Sabre Drive
Schenectady, NY 12306
Sept 28, 2017 Rochester College Nights - Greece 6:30pm-8pm Greece Ridge Center Mall
271 Greece Ridge Center Drive
Rochester, NY 14626
Sept 29, 2017 College Fair at the New York Public Library 10am-2pm New York Public Library
42nd Street & 5th Ave
New York, NY
Oct 1, 2017 NACAC College Fair - Long Island 11am-3pm Suffolk County Community College
Health Sports and Education Center
Grant Campus
1001 Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, NY 11717
Oct 2, 2017 Jefferson County Counselors Association Annual College Fair 10am-1pm &
Jefferson Community College
1220 Coffeen Street
Watertown, NY 13601
Oct 3, 2017 Ogdensburg High School College Fair 9:30am-12pm Ogdensburg High School
OFA Arena
1100 State Street
Ogdensburg, NY 13669
Oct 3, 2017 Rochester Educational Opportunity Center's 27th Annual College Fair 6pm-8pm Rochester Blue Cross Arena
100 Exchange Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14614
Oct 3, 2017 Northern Zone Higher Education Night 6:30pm-8:30pm St. Lawrence University
Augsbury Field House
23 Romoda Drive
Canton, NY 13617
Oct 4, 2017 SUNY Plattsburgh College Night 6:30pm-8:30pm SUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Oct 5, 2017 Goshen High School Annual College Fair 1pm-3pm Goshen High School
Main Gymnasium
222 Scotchtown Ave
Goshen, NY 10924
Oct 5, 2017 CASDA College Fair - Monroe Woodbury 6pm-8pm Monroe Woodbury High School
155 Dunderberg
Central Valley, NY 10917
Oct 10, 2017 Mohawk Valley College Fair TBD SUNY Polytechnic Institute
257 Fuller Road
Albany, NY 12203
Oct 11, 2017 SUNY College Fair - NYC (Day 1) High School Session: 1pm-3pm
Family Session: 4pm-7pm
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Oct 11, 2017 Annual College Night at Rome Free Academy 6:30pm-8pm Rome Free Academy
95 Dart Circle
Rome, NY 13441
Oct 12, 2017 SUNY College Fair - NYC (Day 2) High School Sessions:
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Oct 12, 2017 Madison County College Fair 10:30am-12:30pm Oneida High School
560 Seneca Street
Oneida, NY 13421-2629
Oct 15, 2017 NACAC - STEM College and Career Fair 1pm-4pm Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Hall 1E
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Oct 16, 2017 35th Annual Schoharie County Counselors and SUNY Cobleskill College Information Day 11:30am-1:30pm SUNY Cobleskill
Bouck Hall Ballroom
106 Suffolk Circle
Cobleskill, NY 12043
Oct 16, 2016 Otsego County Counselors Association College Night 6pm-8pm SUNY Oneonta
108 Ravine Parkway
Oneonta, NY 13820
Oct 17, 2017 TC3's Annual College Day/Night Program 12pm-2pm &
Tompkins Cortland Community college
170 North STreet
Dryden, NY 13053-0139
Oct 17, 2017 Rockland County College Night 7pm-9pm Rockland Community College
Field House
145 College Road
Suffern, NY 10901
Oct 18, 2017 Greater Binghamton College Day 11am-2pm &
Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena
1 Stuart Street
Binghamton, NY 13901
Oct 18, 2017 CASDA College Fair - Bethlehem 6:30pm-8pm Bethlehem High School
700 Delmar Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
Oct 18, 2017 South Westchester College Fair 6:30pm-9pm Westchester County Center
198 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10901
Oct 19, 2017 Oswego County Counselors Association College Fair 9am-12pm Cayuga Community College
Fulton ampus
River Glen PlazaRoute 4781
Fulton, NY 13069
Oct 19, 2017 North Westchester College Fair 6:30pm-9pm Yorktown Heights High School
2725 Crompond Road
Yorktown, NY 10598
Oct 21, 2017 CICU's 10th Annual College Access Fair 12:30pm-2:45pm Fordham University
Rose Hill Campus
441 E. Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458
Oct 22, 2017 Big Apple College Fair 1pm-4pm Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Nov 1, 2017 CASDA College Fair - Newburgh 6:30pm-8pm Newburgh Free Academy
201 Fullerton Ave
Newburgh, NY 12550




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.