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
Jan 12, 2017

 Senator Brindisi's College Fair,
FAFSA Filing and Financial Aid Event

 6pm Mohawk Valley Comm College
1101 Sherman Drive
Utica, NY 13501
Jan 28, 2017Staten Island NAACP 7th Annual
HBCU College Fair
11am-3pmRalph McKee High School
290 Saint Marks Place
Staten Island, NY 10301
Feb 3, 2017Assemblyman Malone &
Senator Malone
Student Financial Aid Event
1:30pm-4:30pmTransit Technical Career &
Technical Education
High School
1 Wells Street
Brooklyn, NY 11208
Feb 7, 2017Annual College Night5:30pm-7:30pmCohoes High School
1 Tiger circle
Cohoes, NY 12047
Mar 8, 2017NACAC College Fair - Syracuse9am-12pm &
5pm-8pm
SRC Arena
Onondaga Comm College
4585 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215
Mar 12, 2017   NACAC College Fair - Rochester
Day 1
1pm-3:30pmRochester Riverside Convention Center
123 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604
Mar 13, 2017NACAC College Fair - Rochester
Day 2
9am-12pmRochester Riverside Convention Center
123 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604
Mar 14, 2017Penn/York College Fair6pm-8pmSt. Bonaventure University
3261 West State Road
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
Mar 15, 2017NACAC College Fair - Buffalo
Day 1
9am-12pm &
6pm-8:30pm
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
153 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Mar 16, 2017NACAC College Fair - Buffalo
Day 2
9am-12pmBuffalo Niagara Convention Center
153 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Mar 18, 201727th Annual Latino College Expo12pm-3pmNYU Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South
4th Floor
New York, NY 10012
Mar 21, 20177th Annual College for Every
Student Sophomore Summit
10am-1:30amSUNY Cobleskill
106 Suffolk Circle
Cobleskill, NY 12043
Mar 26, 2017NACAC College Fair - NYC11am4pmJacob K. Javits
Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Mar 31, 2017Bronx United Federation Of Teachers College Fair10am-2pmBronx United Federation of Teachers
2500 Halsey Street
Bronx, NY 10461
Apr 3, 2017CASDA College Fair -
Saratoga Springs
6:30pm-8pmSaratoga Springs
High School
1 Blue Streak Blvd.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Apr 4, 2017Chenango County Spring College Day10:45am-2pmYMCA
68 N Broad Street
Norwich, NY 13815
Apr 4, 2017CASDA College Fair -
Guilderland
6:30pm-8pmGuilderland High School
8 School Road
Guilderland Center, NY 12085
Apr 4, 2017Plainview Old Bethpage
John F. Kennedy High School College Fair
7pm-9pmPlainview Old Bethpage
John F. Kennedy
High School
50 Kennedy Drive
Plainview, NY 11803
Apr 5, 2017Delaware County Counselors
Association Spring 2017
College and Career Fair
9am-11amSUNY Delhi
454 Delhi Drive
Delhi, NY 13753
Apr 5, 2017CASDA College Fair - Colonie6:30am-8pmSouth Colonie High School
1 Raider Blvd
Albany, NY12205
Apr 6, 2017CASDA College Fair -
Shenendehowa
6:30pm-8pmShenendehowa High School East
970 Rte 156
Clifton Park, NY 12540
Apr 24, 2017South Westchester College Fair6:30pm-9pmWestchester County Center
198 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606
Apr 25, 201771st Annual College & Career Day8am-2pmP/NW BOCES Campus
200 BOCES Drive
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Apr 25, 201771st Annual College & Career Night6pm-9:15pmFox Lane High School
632 South Bedford Road
Bedford, NY 10506
Apr 26, 2017Orange County Counselors
Association College Night
7pm-9pmOrange County Community College
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940
Apr 26, 2017CASDA College Fair - Newburgh6:30pm-8pmNewburgh Free Academy
201 Fullerton Avenue
Newburgh, NY 12550
May 3, 2017CASDA College Fair - HVCC9am-11:30am &
6pm-8pm
Hudson Valley Community College
Edward F. McDonough
Recreation Center
80 Vandenburgh Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
May 4, 2017CASDA College Fair - Averill Park6:30pm-8pmAverill Park High School
146 Gettle Road
Averill Park, NY 12018

May 11, 2017CASDA College Fair - Arlington6:30pm-8pmArlington High School
1157 Rte 55
Lagrangeville, NY 12540
Oct 17, 2017South Westchester College Fair6:30pm-9pmWestchester County Center
198 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10901
Oct 18, 2017Rockland County College Night6:0pm-9pmRockland Community College
Field House
145 College Road
Suffern, NY 10901
Oct 19, 2017North Westchester College Fair6:30pm-9pmYorktown Heights High School
2725 Crompond Road
Yorktown, NY 10598
Oct 22, 2017Big Apple College Fair1pm-4pmJacob 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.