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.

 

2018 Schedule of College Fairs
When     WhatTimeWhere
June 15 & 16, 2018 Hamilton Hill Arts Center's 18th Annual Celebration TBD Hamilton Hill Arts Center
409 Schenectady Street
Schenectady, NY 12307
Aug 18, 2018 The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce Higher Education Fair & Expo 12pm-5pm The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce
West 135th Street
between Malcolm X & A.C. Powell Jr. Blvds.
New York, NY 10038
Sept 18, 2018 Community Action Organization of Western NY, Inc.'s 33rd Annual College Day 9:30am-1:30pm Buffalo Riverworks
359 Ganson Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Sept 20, 2018 CASDA College Fair - Shaker TBD Shaker High School
445 Watervliet Shaker Road
Latham, NY 12110
Sept 23, 2018 NACAC College Fair - Long Island 11am-3pm NYCB Live
Home of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
1255 Hempstead Turnpike
Uniondale, NY 11553
Sept 24, 2018 CASDA College Fair - Saratoga TBD Saratoga Springs High School
1 Blue Streak Blvd.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Sept 25, 2018 CASDA College Fair - Albany AM Albany High School
700 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
Sept 25, 2018 CASDA College Fair - Guilderland PM Guilderland High School
8 School Road
Guilderland Center, NY 12085
Sept 26, 2018 CASDA College Fair - HVCC am & pm HVCC
Edward F. McDonough Recreation Center
80 Vandenburgh Blvd.
Troy, NY 12180
Sept 26, 2018 &
Sept 27, 2018
Gates Chili High Schools Annual College Fair 10:30am-12pm both days Gates Chili High School
1 Spartan Way
Rochester, NY 14624
Sept 27, 2018 CASDA College Fair - Shenendehowa TBD Shenendehowa High School East
970 Rte 146
Clifton Park, NY 12540
Oct 2, 2018 Onteora High School Annual Collee Fair 9:15am-10:45am Onteora High School
4166 State Route 28
Boiceville, NY 12412
Oct 2, 2018 CASDA College Fair - Taconic Hills am Taconic Hills High School
73 County Route 11A
Craryville, NY 12521
Oct 2, 2018 CASDA College Fair - Kingston pm Kingston High School
61 Crown Street
Kingston, NY 12401
Oct 2, 2018 Rochester EOC Annual College Fair 6pm-8pm Rochester Blue Cross Arena
100 Exchange Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14614
Oct 3, 2018 CASDA Collegge Fair - Newburgh 6:30pm-8pm Newburgh Free Academy
201 Fullerton Avenue
Newburgh, NY 12550
Oct 4, 2018 Goshen High School 3rd Annual College Fair 1pm-3pm Godhen High School
222 Scotchtown Avenue
Goshen, NY 10924
Oct 4, 2018 CASDA College Fair - Monroe Woodbury 6pm-8pm Monroe Woodbury High School
155 Dunderberg
Central Valley, NY 10917
Oct 11, 2018 Madison County College Fair 10:30am-12:30pm Oneida High School
560 Seneca Street
Oneida, NY 13421-2629
Oct 14, 2018 NACAC STEM College Fair 1pm-4pm Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Oct 15, 2018 35th Annual Schoharie County Counselors and College Information Day 11:30am-1:30pm SUNY Cobleskill
Bouck Hall Ballroom
106 Suffolk Circle
Cobleskill, NY 12043
Oct 16, 2018 Rockland County College Night 7pm-9pm Rockland Community College
Field House
145 College Road
Suffern, NY 10901
Oct 17, 2018 South Westchester Guidance Expo 8:30am-2:30pm Westchester County Center
198 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606
Oct 17, 2018 South Westchester College Fair 6:30pm-9pm Westchester County Center
198 Central AVenue
White Plains, NY 10606
Oct 18, 2018 North Westchester College Fair 6:30pm-9pm Yorktown Heights High School
2725 Crompond Road
Yorktown, NY 10598
Oct 21, 2018 Big Apple College Fair 1pm-4pm Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street, Hall 1C
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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