- 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|
|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 &
|Hudson Valley Community College
Edward F. McDonough
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
223 Store Hill Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
|May 30, 2017||North Country College Caravan||10am-10:30am||Minerva Central School
1466 Country Route 29
Olmsteadville, NY 12857
|May 30, 2017||North Country College Caravan||11am-11:30am|| Johnsburgh High School
165 Main Street
North Creek, NY 12853
|May 30, 2017||North Country College Caravan||12:15pm-12:45pm|| Indian Lake Central School
28 West Main Street
Indian Lake, NY 12842
|May 30, 2017||North Country College Caravan||1:15pm-1:45pm|| Long Lake High School
20 School Lane
Long Lake, NY 12847
|May 30, 2017||North Country College Caragan||2:15pm-2:45pm|| Newcomb Central School
5535 Route 28N
Newcomb, NY 12852
|May 31, 2017||North Country College Caravan||9:30am-10am|| Lake Placid High School
34 School Street
Lake Placid, NY 12946
|May 31, 2017||North Country College Caravan||11:30am-12:15pm||Brushton Moira High School
758 Country Route 7
Brushton, NY 12916
|May 31, 2017||North Country College Caravan||12:45pm-1:15pm|| St. Lawrence High School
1039 State Highway 11C
Brasher Falls, NY 13613
|May 31, 2017||North Country College Caravan||1:45pm-2:15pm||Massena High School
84 Nightengale Avenue
Brasher Falls, NY 13613
|June 1, 2017||North Country College Caravan||9am-9:30am||Saranac Lake High School
79 Canaras Avenue
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
|June 1, 2017||North Country College Caravan||11am-11:30am||Franklin Academy
42 Huskie Lane
Malone, NY 12953
|June 1, 2017||North Country College Caravan||12pm-12:30pm||Chateaugay High School
42 River Street
Chateaugay, NY 12920
|June 1, 2017||North Country College Caravan||1:45pm-2:15pm||(Tentative)
Ausable Valley High School
1490 Route 9N
Clintonville, NY 12924
|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
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
Planning ahead with these seven tips can help you make the most of your time at a college fair:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.