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
What
Time
Where
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 14, 2019 Culturefest Music Series 11am The Hamilton Hill Arts Center
409 Schenectady Streer
Schenectady, NY 12307
Sept 15, 2019 NACAC College Fair-LI 11am-3pm Nassau Veterans Memorial coliseum
1255 Hempstead Turnpike
Uniondale, NY 11553
Sept 15, 2019 SUNY College Fair - Buffalo 4pm-6pm University at Buffalo
Alumni Arena
1699 Coventry Road
Buffalo, NY 14228
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 35th Annual CAO of Western NY College Day 9:30am-1:30pm Buffalo Riverworks
359 Ganson Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Sept 17, 2019 2019 DEC Wellness & Resource Fair 10:30am-1:30pm NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-5750
Sept 17, 2019 SUNY College Fair - Syracuse 6pm-8pm Onondaga Community College
SRC Arena & Events Center
485 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215
Sept 17. 2019 Southern Erie County Counselors Association College Night 7pm-8:30pm Hilbert College
5200 South Park Ave
Hamburg, NY 14075
Sept 18, 2019 North Tonawanda High School College Fair 8:30am-10:05am North Tonawanda High School
405 Meadow Drive
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Sept 18, 2019 New York State Agency Resource Fair TBD Embassy Suites
311 Hiawatha Blvd
W. Syracuse, NY 13204
Sept 18, 2019 CASDA College Fair - Shaker 6:30pm-8pm Shaker High School
445 Watervliet Shaker Road
Latham, NY 12110
Sept 19, 2019 CASDA College Fair - HVCC 9am-11:30am & 6:30pm-8pm Hudson Valley Community College
Edward F. McDonough Recreation Center
80 Vandenburgh Blvd
Troy, NY 12180
Sept 20, 2019 Rensselaer Coiunty Re-Entry Job Fair 9am-11am Capital District Educational Opportunity Center - EOC
431 River Street
Troy, NY 12180
Sept 23, 2019 NYCA College Fair - Arlington 6pm-7:30pm Arlington High School
1157 Route 55
LaGrangeville, NY 12540
Sept 23, 2019 CASDA College Fair - Guilderland 6:30pm-8pm Guilderland High School
8 School Road
Guilderland Center, NY 12085
Sept 24, 2019 CASDA College Fair - Schenectady 9:30am-11am Schenectady High School
108 Education Drive
Schenectady, NY 12303
Sept 24, 2019 CASDA College Fair - Saratoga Springs 6:30pm-8pm Saratoga Springs High School
1 Blue Streak Blvd.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Sept 24, 2019 Eastview Mall College Fair 6:30pm-8:30pm Eastview Mall
7979 Pittsford-Victor Road
Victor, NY 14564
Sept 25, 2019 CASDA College Fair - Albany 10am-11:45am Albany High School
700 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
Sept 25, 2019 CASDA College Fair - Schalmont 6:30pm-8pm Schalmont High School
1 Sabre Drive
Schenectady, NY 12306
Sept 25, 2019 Rochester College Nights-Marketplace 6:30pm-8pm Marketplace Mall
One Mircle Mile Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
Sept 25, 2019 & Sept 26, 2019 Gates Chili High School College Fair

10:30am-12pm
both days

Gates Chili High School
1 Spartan Way
Rochester, NY 14624
Sept 26, 2019 CASDA College Fair - Green Tech 11:30am-1:15pm Green Tech High Charter School
99 Slingerlands Street
Albany, NY 12202
Sept 26, 2019 Rochester College Nights - Greece 6:30pm-8pm Greece Ridge Mall
271 Greece Ridge Center Drive
Rochester, NY 14626
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 1, 2019 CASDA College Fair - Shenendehowa 6:30pm-8pm Shenendehowa High School East
970 Rte 146
Clifton Park, NY 12540
Oct 1, 2019 Northern Zone Association for Counselors and Development (NZACD) and St. Lawrence University Higher Education Night 6:30pm-8pm St. Lawrence University
23 Romoda Drive
Canton, NY 13617
Oct 2, 2019 Goshen High School's 4th Annual College Fair 1pm-3pm Goshen High School
222 Scotchtown Ave
Goshen, NY 10924
Oct 2, 2019 CASDA College Fair - Cornwall 6:30pm-8pm Cornwall High School
10 Dragon Drive
New Windsor, NY 12553
Oct 3, 2019 CASDA College Fair - Newburgh 6:30pm-8pm Newburgh Free Academy
201 Fullerton Avenue
Newburgh, NY 12550
Oct 5, 2019 Co-Op City 8th Annual College, Career & Resource Fair 12pm-5pm M.S. 180 Dr. Daniel Hale Williams School
700 Baychester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10475
Oct 8, 2019 College Fair @ New Public Library 10am-2pm Steven A. Schwarzman Building
42nd Street & 5th Avenue
New York, NY
Oct 8, 2019 Frankfort-Schuyler 5th Annual College Fair 10:45am-12:15am Frankfort-Schuyler High School
605 Palmer Avenue
Frankfort, NY 13340
Oct 8, 2019 CASDA College Fair - Kingston 6:30pm-8pm Kingston High School
61 Crown Street
Kingston, NY 12401
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 CASDA College Fair - Warwick Valley 12:35pm-2:05pm Warwick Valley High School
89 Sanfordville Road
Warwick, NY 10990
Oct 10, 2019 CASDA College Fair - Monroe Woodbury 6:30pm-8pm Monroe Woodbury High School
155 Dunderberg
Central Valley, NY 10917
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 15, 2019 TC2's Annual College Day/Night Program 12pm-2pm &
6pm-8pm
Tompkins Cortland Community College
170 North Street
Dryden, NY 13053-0139
Oct 17, 2019 2019 Youth Resource Fair 11am-5pm Hudson Valley Community College
Campus Center
80 Vandenburgh Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
Oct 17, 2019 CASDA College Fair - Bethlehem 6:30pm-8pm Bethlehem High School
700 Delmar Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
Oct 18, 2019 3rd Annual WaltonEducational Complex College Fair 10am-2pm Walton Educational Complex
2501 Jerome Avenue
Bronx, NY 10468
Oct 20, 2019 Big Apple College Fair 1pm-4pm Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Oct 21, 2019 37th Annual Schoharie County Counselors College Information Day 11:30am-1:30pm SUNY Cobleskill
Bouck Hall Ballroom
106 Suffolk Circle
Cobleskill, NY 12043
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 Cayuga Counselors Association College Fair 6pm-7:30pm Auburn High School
250 Lake Avenue
Auburn, NY 13201
Oct 24, 2019 North Westchester College Fair 6:30pm-9pm Yorktown Heights High School
2725 Crompond Road
Yorktown, NY 10598
Oct 28, 2019 East End Counselors Association College Fair 5pm-7pm Riverhead High School
700 Harrison Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11901
Oct 29, 2019 John S. Burke Catholic High School 4th Annual College Fair 6pm-8pm John S. Burke Catholic High School
Burke Catholic Gym
80 Fletcher Street
Goshen, NY 10924
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 8, 2019 Annual Sullivan County Guidance Counselor's Association College and Career Fair 8am-12pm SUNY Sullivan
Paul Gerry Fieldhouse
112 College Road
Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759
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. 
   

 


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