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.

   

When
Event
Time
Where
Jan 11, 2020 Riverbank State Park College Fair 10am-4pm Riverbank State Park
West 145th Street
New York, NY 10031
Jan 29, 2020 Cohoes High School's College and Career Exploration Night 2pm-3:30pm Cohoes High School
1 Tiger Circle
Cohoes, NY 12047
Feb 28, 2020 Bronx UFT Annual College Fair 9:30am-2:30pm Bronx UFT Office
2500 Halsey Street
Bronx, NY 10461
Mar 15, 2020 &
Mar 16, 2020
NACAC College Fair - Rochester 3/15 - 1pm-3pm
3/16 - 9am-11:30am
Rochester Riverside Convention Center
123 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604
Mar 16, 2020 Equality Charter High School's College and Career Fair Mar 16, 2020 Equality Charter High School
2411 Seward Avenue
Bronx, NY 10473
Mar 16, 2020 &
Mar 17, 2020
NACAC College Fair - Syracuse 3/16 - 5pm-7pm
3/17 - 9am-11:30am
Onondaga Community College
SRC Arena
4585 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215
Mar 17, 2020 CDCA Regional College Fair - HVCC 9am-11:30am &
6pm-8pm
Hudson Valley Community College
Edward F. McDonough Recreation Center
80 Vandenburgh Ave
Troy, NY 12180
Mar 17, 2020 Penn/York College Night 6pm-8pm St. Bonaventure University
3261 West State Road
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
Mar 18, 2020 &
Mar 19, 2020
NACAC College Fair -
Buffalo
3/18 - 9am-12pm & 6pm-8:30pm
3/19 - 9am-12pm
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
153 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Mar 26, 2020 CASDA College Fair - Newburgh 6:30pm-8pm Newburgh Free Academy
North Campus
301 Robinson Avenue
Newburgh, NY 12550
Mar 26, 2020 Plainview Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School College Night 7pm-9pm Plainview Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School
50 Kennedy Drive
Plainview, NY 11803
Mar 29, 2020 Engineering Expo & College Fair 11am-3pm White Plains High School
550 North Street
White Plains, NY 10605
Mar 29, 2020 SUNY College Fair - Albany 1pm-3:30pm University at Albany
SEFCU Arena
1400 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12222
Mar 30, 2020 CASDA College Fair - Bethlehem 6:30pm-8pm Bethlehem High School
70 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
Mar 31, 2020 CASDA College Fair - Green Tech 11:30am-1:15pm Green Tech High Charter School
321 Northern Blvd
Albany, NY 12202
Apr 1, 2020 CASDA College Fair - Albany High School 10:15am-11:45am Albany High School
700 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12203
Apr 1, 2020 CASDA College Fair - Colonie 6:30pm-8pm South Colonie High School
1 Raider Blvd
Albany, NY 12205
Apr 1, 2020 Herkimer County Counselors Association College Day TBD Herkimer County Community College
100 Reservoir Road
Herkimer, NY 13350
Apr 2, 2020 CASDA College Fair - Stillwater 9am-10:30am Stillwater High School
1068 Hudson Avenue
Stillwater, NY 12170
Apr 2, 2020 Delaware County Counselors Association Spring 2020 College and Career Fair 9:30am-11am SUNY Delhi
Clark Field House
454 Delhi Drive
Delhi, NY 13753
Apr 2, 2020 CASDA College Fair - Shenendehowa 6:30pm-8pm Shenendehowa High School East
970 Rte 156
Clifton Park, NY 12540
Apr 7, 2020 CASDA College Fair - Hudson 9:30am-11am Hudson High School
208 Harry Howard Ave
Hudson, NY 12534
Apr 7, 2020 CASDA College Fair - Guilderland 6:30pm-8pm Guilderland High School
8 School Road
Guilderland Center, NY 12085
Apr 8, 2020 CASDA College Fair - Albany Leadership 11:30am-1pm Albany Leadership Charter School
19 Hackett Blvd
Albany, NY 12208
Apr 8, 2020 CASDA College Fair - Schenectady 4pm-6pm Schenectady High School
1445 The Plaza
Schenectady, NY 12308
Apr 22, 2020 Oswego County Counselors Association College Fair 6:30pm-8:30pm SUNY Oswego
7060 SR 140
Oswego, NY 13126
Apr 24, 2020 NYSACAC College Fair 10am-2pm St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201-9902
Apr 26, 2020 NACAC College Fair - NYC 12pm-4pm Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Apr 26, 2020 SUNY College Fair - Long Island 2pm-5pm Suffolk County Community College
Michael J. Grant Campus
Health, Sports & Education Center
Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, NY 11717
Apr 27, 2020 NYCA College Fair - Arlington 2:20pm-3:45pm & 5pm-6:30pm Arlington High School
1157 Route 55
LaGrangeville, NY 12540
Apr 28, 2020 South Westchester Guidance Expo 8:30am-2:30pm Westchester County Center
198 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606
Apr 28, 2020 South Westchester College Fair 6:30pm-9pm Westchester County Center
198 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606
Apr 29, 2020 PNW BOCES Yorktown Campus - College and Career Fair 8:15am-10:15 &
10:30am-12:30pm
PNW BOCES
Yorktown Campus
200 BOCES Drive
Yorktown, NY 10598
Apr 29, 2020 PNW BOCES
Yorktown Campus College and Career Fair
8am-1pm PNW BOCES
Yorktown Campus
200 BOCES Drive
Yorktown, NY 10598
Apr 29, 2020 Northern Westchester College Fair 6pm-9pm Fox Lane High School
632 South Bedford Road
Bedford, NY 10506
Apr 30, 2020 Orange County Counselors Association College Fair 6:30pm-8:30pm Orange County Community College
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940
May 3, 2020 SUNY College Fair - NYC 12:30pm-5pm The Armory Track & Field Center
216 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032
May 7, 2020 Watkins Glen College and Career Fair 9am-11:30am Watkins Glen High School
New Gym
301 12th Street
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
May 14, 2020 NYSACAC College Fair - Byron Bergen 9:30am-12pm Byron Bergen High School
6917 West Bergen Road
Bergen, NY 14416

 

 

 

 

 

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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