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.

  • 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.


July 22, 2019 Cornell University Summertime College Fair 4pm-6pm Statler Hotel at Cornell University
Statler Hall Ballroom
130 Statler Drive
Ithaca, NY 14853
Sept 8, 2019 SUNY College Fair-LI 1pm-4pm Suffolk County Community College
Health Sports & Education Center
Grant Campus
1001 Crooked Hill Rd
Brentwood, NY 11717
Sept 9, 2019 SUNY College Fair-LI 6pm-9pm Nassau Community College
1 Education Drive
Garden City, NY 11530
Sept 15, 2019 NACAC College Fair-LI 11am-3pm Nassau Veterans Memorial coliseum
1255 Hempstead Turnpike
Uniondale, NY 11553
Sept 16, 2019 SUNY College Fair - Rochester 6pm-8pm Monroe Community College
R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center
1000 E Henrietta Rd
Rochester, NY 14623
Sept 17. 2019 Southern Erie County Counselors Association College Night 7pm-8:30pm Hilbert College
5200 South Park Ave
Hamburg, NY 14075
Sept 17, 2019 35th Annual CAO of Western NY College Day 9:30am-1:30pm Buffalo Riverworks
359 Ganson Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Sept 17, 2019 SUNY College Fair - Syracuse 6pm-8pm Onondaga Community College
SRC Arena & Events Center
485 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215
Sept 24, 2019 Eastview Mall College Fair 6:30pm-8:30pm Eastview Mall
7979 Pittsford-Victor Road
Victor, NY 14564
Sept 25, 2019 & Sept 26, 2019 Gates Chili High School College Fair

both days

Gates Chili High School
1 Spartan Way
Rochester, NY 14624
Sept 28, 2019 7th Annual Black College Expo -Brooklyn 9am-5pm Medgar Evers College
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brookyn, NY 11225
Sept 30, 2019 Jefferson County Counselors Association Annual College Fair 9:30am-1:30pm & 5:30pm-7pm Jefferson Community College
1220 Coffeen Street
Watertown, NY 13601
Oct 2, 2019 Goshen High School's 4th Annual College Fair 1pm-3pm Goshen High School
222 Scotchtown Ave
Goshen, NY 10924
Oct 8, 2019 Mohawk Valley Counseling Assoc 42nd Annual College Night 6:30pm-8:30pm Utica College
Clark Athletic Center
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, NY 13501
Oct 9, 2019 Rome Free Academy Annual College Night 6:30pm-8pm Rome Free Academy
RFA Large Gym
95 Dart Circle
Rome, NY 13441
Oct 10, 2019 Madison County College Fair 10:30am-12:30pm Oneida High School
560 Seneca Street
Oneida, NY 13421
Oct 10, 2019 &
Oct 11, 2019
SUNY College Fair-NYC 10/10 - 1pm-7:30pm
10/11 - 9am-2:30pm
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY  10001
Oct 13, 2019 NACAC - STEM College and Career Fair 1pm-4pm Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Oct 20, 2019 Big Apple College Fair 1pm-4pm Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Oct 22, 2019 Rockland County College Night 7pm-9pm Rockland Community College
Field House
145 College Road
Suffern, NY 10901
Oct 23, 2019 South Westchester Guidance Expo 8:30am-2:30pm Westchester County Center
198 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606
Oct 23, 2019 South Westchester College Fair 6:30pm-9pm Westchester County Center
198 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606
Oct 24, 2019 Oswego County Counselors Association College Fair 9am-12pm Cayuga Community College
Fulton Campus
River Glen Plaza
Route 481
Fulton, NY 13021
Oct 24, 2019 North Westchester College Fair 6:30pm-9pm Yorktown Heights High School
2725 Crompond Road
Yorktown, NY 10598
Nov 7, 2019 Valley Central High School College Fair 10:20am-12:25pm Valley Central High School
1175 State Route 17K
Montgomery, NY 12549
Nov 7, 2019 Pine Bush High School's 32nd Annual Tri-County College Night Program 7pm-8:30pm Pine Bush High School
Route 302
Pine Bush, NY 12566
Nov 10, 2019 Mid-Hudson Performing Arts College Fair 12pm-2pm Arlington High School
1157 Route 55
LaGangeville, NY 12540
Nov 12, 2019 NACAC - Performing and Visual Arts College Fair 6:30pm-9pm 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.