- 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
70 Forbus Street
Poughkeepsie, NU 12603
|Oct 10, 2018||Rome Free Academy Annual College Night||6:30pm-8pm||Rome Free Academy
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
|Oct 10, 2018 & Oct 11, 2018||SUNY College Fair - NYC||Day 1-1pm-7pm
|Uniondale High School
933 Goodrich Street
|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
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
|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
River Glen Plaza
|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
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
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 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.