College Fair Checklist

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Get the Information You Want

A college fair is a gathering of college representatives who are looking for the right students for their institutions. The representatives are there to spread the word about their college to high school students─and they want to talk to you.

College fairs may be held at your school, a conference center, or a local community center, and the colleges may be local or from around the country. The representatives usually sit at booths or tables and hand out brochures and cards. They can tell you about everything from academics to campus life at their college, and they can also answer general questions about college.

Ask your counselor or a teacher how to find college fairs in your area. If you can, go to more than one fair to get a good sampling of what's out there. The checklist below will help you get the most out of each fair.

Before You Go

  • Find out which colleges will be at the fair. (A list may be posted on the fair's website.) Jot down the names of the ones you want to learn about.
  • Make a list of any questions you have.
  • Bring your list, a pen, paper, and a bag to hold college brochures.
  • Make sure the email address that you give out won't embarrass you. Remember, college admissions officers will see it.
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While You’re There

  • Get a map of the fair. Then plan a route to the booths of all the colleges on your list. If there’s no map available, do a quick survey of the room to locate your colleges.
  • Visit the booths on your list. Ask college representatives questions. For example, you can ask, "What kind of student are you looking for?" or "What makes your campus special?"
  • Take a minute to jot down any information you think is important before moving on to the next booth.
  • Check out some other booths when you're done with the colleges on your list. You may stumble onto a great college you hadn't considered.
  • Attend an information session, if any are offered. Typical topics include applications and financial aid. These sessions are good opportunities to get expert advice.

When You Get Home

  • Ask yourself which colleges stood out and why.
  • Organize the college material you collected and review it that week while it’s fresh in your mind.
  • Go over any notes you took during the fair.
  • Throw out the pamphlets of colleges you’ve ruled out so you can focus on the colleges you’re interested in.
  • Do more research on the colleges you’re thinking about. Explore websites, contact the admission office or plan a campus visit. If you liked what you saw at the fair, it may be time to see the college in person


What’s a college fair?

A college fair is an event where representatives from multiple colleges and universities come together in one location to interact with potential students and provide them with information. This event offers an excellent opportunity for students and their families to explore various colleges, learn about different educational options, and gather valuable information about admissions requirements , programs of study, campus life, and financial aid.

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What can I expect at a college fair?

When attending a college fair, you’ll find booths or tables hosted by various colleges and universities. Representatives from these institutions will be present to address your questions, provide informative brochures, and give you an overview of their respective institutions. You can collect materials like brochures, pamphlets, and other resources to help you gain more knowledge about these colleges and to help you make well-informed decisions about your future education.

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How do I prepare for a college fair?

When you’re getting ready for a college fair, you need to take some important steps. These include researching what colleges will be at the fair, figuring out what questions you want to ask the admissions representatives, determining options for majors, and preparing to take notes during the event.

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What should I take to a college fair?

Here are some things you should take with you:

  • A list of colleges you're interested in
  • A list of questions you want to ask college representatives
  • A notebook and pen or other method for recording notes
  • A bag or folder to hold brochures and pamphlets
  • Water to stay hydrated
  • Necessary identification for registration purposes

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What questions should I ask at a college fair?

Here are some questions you can ask:

  • What programs and majors are offered?
  • What are the admissions requirements?
  • What are average class sizes?
  • What does campus life have to offer?
  • What support services are in place?
  • What’s the cost of tuition and any additional costs?
  • What options for financial aid are available?
  • Are there any internship opportunities available?
  • What are the housing options?
  • What are the career placement prospects for graduates?

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