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.

 

2017 Schedule of College Fairs
When     WhatTimeWhere
Jan 16, 2018 Cohoes High School's College and Career Exploration Night 5:30pm-7:30pm Cohoes High School
1 Tiger Circle
Cohoes, NY 12047
Mar 10, 2018 Bronx United Federation of Teachers Counseling Conference 8am-3pm Bronx UFT Borough Office
52 Broadway
New York, NY 10004
Mar 15, 2018 NACAC College Fair - Syracuse 9am-12pm &
5pm-8pm
SRC Arena
Onondaga Community College
4585 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215
Mar 18 & 19, 2018 NACAC College Fair - Rochester 3/18 1pm-3:30pm
3/19
9am-12pm
Rochester Riverside Convention Center
123 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604
Mar 21 & 22, 2018 NACAC College Fair - Buffalo 3/21 9am-12pm & 6pm-8:30pm
3/22 9am-12pm
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
153 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Mar 23, 2018 Bronx United Federation of Teachers College Fair 10am-2pm Bronx UFT Borough Office
2500 Halsey Street
Bronx, NY 10461
Mar 27, 2018 Annual POB JFK High School College Fair 7pm Plainview Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School
50 Kennedy Drive
Plainview, NY 11803
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 CASDA College Fair - Guilderland 6:30pm-8pm Guilderland High School
8 School Road
Guilderland Center, NY 12085
Apr 18, 2018 CASDA College Fair - Albany 10:15am-11:45am Albany High School
700 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
Apr 6, 2018 CASDA College Fair - Stillwater 9am-10:30am Stillwater High School
1068 Hudson Avenue
Stillwater, NY 12170
Apr 6, 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 24, 2018 CASDA College Fair - Newburgh 6:30pm-8pm Newburgh Free Academy
North Campus
301 Robinson Avenue
Newburgh, NY 12550
Apr 25, 2018

CASDA College Fair -
Albany

TBD Albany Leadership Charter School
19 Hackett Blvd
Albany, NY 12208
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 12pm-1pm Green Tech High Charter School
321 Northern Blvd
Albany, NY 12202
Sept 18, 2018 CAO of Erie County 33rd Annual College Day 9:30am-1:30pm Buffalo Riverworks
359 Ganson Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

 

 

 

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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