College Fairs

College Fairs

College fairs give you the chance to make your initial "visit" to colleges without going far from home. They usually take place in the early fall and spring. 

 
  • 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
Mar 18, 2017 UFT NYC Guidance Conference 8am-1pm UFT Headquarters
52 Broadway
New York, NY 10004
Mar 18, 2017 27th Annual Latino College Expo 12pm-3pm NYU Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South
4th Floor
New York, NY 10012
Mar 21, 2017 7th Annual College for Every
Student Sophomore Summit
10am-1:30am SUNY Cobleskill
106 Suffolk Circle
Cobleskill, NY 12043
Mar 26, 2017 NACAC College Fair - NYC 11am4pm Jacob K. Javits
Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Mar 27, 2017 Sachem Central School district 41st Annual College Night 7pm-9pm Sachem East High School
177 Granny Road
Farmingdale, NY 11738
Mar 29, 2017 NYSACAC College Fair - Suffern 6:30pm-8:30pm Suffern High School
49 Viola Road
Suffern, NY 10901
Mar 31, 2017 Bronx United Federation Of Teachers College Fair 10am-2pm Bronx United Federation of Teachers
2500 Halsey Street
Bronx, NY 10461
Registration: link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bronx-uft-college-fair-tickets-31105910616.
Apr 3, 2017 CASDA College Fair -
Saratoga Springs
6:30pm-8pm Saratoga Springs
High School
1 Blue Streak Blvd.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Apr 4, 2017 CASDA College Fair -
Albany Leadership Charter High School for Girls
10:30am-11:30am Albany Leadership Charter
High School for Girls
19 Hackett Blvd.
Albany, NY 12208
Apr 4, 2017 Chenango County Spring College Day 10:45am-2pm YMCA
68 N Broad Street
Norwich, NY 13815
Apr 4, 2017 CASDA College Fair -
Green Tech High Charter School
12pm-1pm Green Tech High Charter School
99 Slingerland Street
Albany, NY 12202
Apr 4, 2017 CASDA College Fair -
Guilderland
6:30pm-8pm Guilderland High School
8 School Road
Guilderland Center, NY 12085
Apr 4, 2017 Plainview Old Bethpage
John F. Kennedy High School College Fair
7pm-9pm Plainview Old Bethpage
John F. Kennedy
High School
50 Kennedy Drive
Plainview, NY 11803
Apr 5, 2017 Delaware County Counselors
Association Spring 2017
College and Career Fair
9am-11am SUNY Delhi
454 Delhi Drive
Delhi, NY 13753
Apr 5, 2017 CASDA College Fair - Albany 10:15am-11:45am Albany High School
700 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
Apr 5, 2017 CASDA College Fair - Colonie 6:30am-8pm South Colonie High School
1 Raider Blvd
Albany, NY12205
Apr 6, 2017 CASDA College Fair - Stillwater 9am-10:30am Stillwater High School
1068 Hudson Avenue
Stillwater, NY 12170
Apr 6, 2017 CASDA College Fair -
Shenendehowa
6:30pm-8pm Shenendehowa High School East
970 Rte 156
Clifton Park, NY 12540
Apr 24, 2017 South Westchester College Fair 6:30pm-9pm Westchester County Center
198 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606
Apr 25, 2017 71st Annual College & Career Day 8am-2pm P/NW BOCES Campus
200 BOCES Drive
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Apr 25, 2017 71st Annual College & Career Night 6pm-9:15pm Fox Lane High School
632 South Bedford Road
Bedford, NY 10506
Apr 25, 2017 Nassau Counselors Assoc College Fair 5:30pm-8:30pm Hofstra University
1000 Fulton Avenue
Hempstead, NY 11549
Apr 26, 2017 Orange County Counselors
Association College Night
7pm-9pm Orange County Community College
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940

Apr 26, 2017
East End Counselors Assoc College Fair 5pm-7:30pm Westhampton Beach Country Club
49 Lilac Road
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Apr 26, 2017 CASDA College Fair - Newburgh 6:30pm-8pm Newburgh Free Academy
301 Robinson Avenue
Newburgh, NY 12550
Apr 26, 2017 Oswego County Counselors Assoc College Night 6:30pm-8:30pm SUNY Oswego
7060 SR 140
Oswego, NY 13126
Apr 27, 2017 CASDA College Fair - Schenectady 6:30pm-8pm Schenectady High School
1445 The Plaza
Schenectady, NY 12308
May 3, 2017 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 4, 2017 CASDA College Fair - Averill Park 6:30pm-8pm Averill Park High School
146 Gettle Road
Averill Park, NY 12018
May 11, 2017 CASDA College Fair - Arlington 6:30pm-8pm Arlington High School
1157 Rte 55
Lagrangeville, NY 12540
May 18, 2017 NYSACAC College Fair - Byron Bergen 9:30am-12:30pm Byron Bergen High School
6917 West Bergen Road
Bergen, NY 14416
May 20, 2017 NYC Department of Education 2nd Annual Bronx College & Career Fair 10am-3pm Walton Campus High School
2708 Reservoir Avenue
Bronx, NY 10468
May 21, 2017 SUNY College Fair - NYC 12:30pm-5pm Armory Track & Field Center
216 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032
May 23, 2017 SUNY College Fair - Long Island 5:30pm-8pm SUNY Old Westbury
Clark Center
223 Store Hill Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
Oct 17, 2017 South Westchester College Fair 6:30pm-9pm Westchester County Center
198 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10901
Oct 18, 2017 Rockland County College Night 6:0pm-9pm Rockland Community College
Field House
145 College Road
Suffern, NY 10901
Oct 19, 2017 North Westchester College Fair 6:30pm-9pm Yorktown Heights High School
2725 Crompond Road
Yorktown, NY 10598
Oct 22, 2017 Big Apple College Fair 1pm-4pm Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
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.