Before you head out the door don’t forget to bring a pen and small notebook, your questions, and a bag to hold all the college brochures and information you’ll get. Consider printing out self-stick labels with your address, contact information, and graduation date to stick on college information cards at the fair.
Before the Fair
Think about the following:
- Do you want to attend a two year or four-year institution? Co-ed or single sex?
- What size school do you want to attend?
- What programs of study are you considering?
- How far from home do you wish to go?
- Do you wish to participate in any specific extra-curricular activities or athletics?
During the Fair
Navigating a college fair can be challenging. There are many booths to visit and people to talk to. Focus your visit so you can get some in-depth knowledge about the colleges that really interest you.
- Review the list of colleges at the fair and plan to visit the colleges that interest you most.
- Follow the map which shows where college booths are located and plan out a route to avoid back-tracking.
- After you visit a college’s booth, take a few minutes to jot down what you have learned.
- Try to leave some time at the end just to browse through some of the booths you didn’t get to-you could stumble on a great college you hadn’t considered.
- Ask about admissions requirements and scholarship opportunities.
- Ask about student body size and student teacher ratio.
After the Fair
Here are some post-fair dos and don’ts to keep you on track:
- Don’t: Put the college materials in the back of your closet. Keep them on hand for when you’re ready to review them.
- Do: Look through the materials, and your notes, within the week
- Don’t: Keep everything. Weed out colleges that aren’t a good fit.
- Do: Research colleges that interest you. Explore websites, request more information from admissions offices, and plan to visit.