Below is my second installment of college fair dates throughout the nation. Most of these were checked out by me and seemed legit. But it is up to you to make sure of the appropriate times, dates and costs for attending (if any).
Use these college fairs as a sort of initial screening process…
Screen the potential colleges. Ask the same questions, and only as a few questions. Write them down. If you are interested while speaking with the rep., then get the info or fill out the card they give you.
Use the same list of questions you would ask to any college at these fairs. It helps you to be fair with your choice and fair to yourself. Questions that can help you to make immediate decisions as to whether or not you want to get information.
Here are some questions to consider:
1. Do you offer degrees in _________________, __________________, and _____________________ ?
2. How big is your school, and typical class size?
3. What is your tuition structure? How much is tuition, student fees, books, room and board and other fees associated with my degree?
4. Do you have a career services department? How does it function? What specific services do you provide to students?
5. Do you offer government financial aid (FAFSA)? What other financing options does your school offer…scholarships, grants, in-school work-study?
6. What types of extracurricular activities does your school offer?
It’s okay if you get a lot of mail from colleges. Just chuck the stuff you don’t want. It will eventually stop. But take that information to at least consider all of your options.
Take a look at these and check into them to see which ones are near you.
NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIRS
SEATTLE, Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Sunday, November 14 12pm-4pm & Monday, November 15, 9 am – 12 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon Convention Center, Friday, November 12 9am-12pm & Saturday, November 13, 2010 1 pm – 5 pm
SAN FRANCISCO, Concourse Exhibition Center, Saturday, April 17, 2010 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
SEATTLE, Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center, Wednesday, October 26, 2010 7 pm – 9 pm
PORTLAND, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Union, Thursday, October 27, 2010, 7 pm – 9 pm
SAN FRANCISCO, Nob Hill Masonic Center, Saturday, October 23, 2010, 3 pm – 5 pm
** For more information about these college fairs, including directions and participating schools, please visit the NACAC website at www.nacacnet.org and click on “Events”**
SEATTLE, Seattle University, Connolly Center, Saturday, March 6, 2010, 12 pm – 3 pm
PORTLAND, University of Portland, Chiles Center, Sunday, March 7, 2010, 12 pm – 3 pm
**For more information about these college fairs, including directions and participating schools, please visit the PNACAC website at www.pnanac.org and click on “College Fairs”**
New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC)
August 26 – September 6 NYS Fair 10:00 am – 10:00 pm NYS Fair Grounds, Syracuse, NY
September 21 Rochester Counselors College Fair 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Eastview Mall, Rochester, NY
September 22 Rochester Counselors College Fair 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Marketplace Mall, Rochester, NY
September 23 Rochester Counselors College Fair 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Greece Town Mall, Rochester, NY
September 26 Nassau Counselors College Fair Noon – 3:00 pm SUNY Old Westbury, Old Westbury, NY
September 27 Community Action Organization of Erie County College Day 10:00 am – 11:00 am & Noon – 1:00 pm Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY
September 28 Rochester Educational Opportunity Center 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Rochester Convention Center, Rochester, NY
September 29 Capital Area School Development Association College Fair 9:00 am – Noon & 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Hudson Valley Comm College, Troy, NY
October 3 NACAC College Fair – Long Island 11:00am – 4:00 pm Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, LI
October 11 NY Knicks Poetry Fest TBD Metropolitan Center, New York, NY
October 13 Big Apple College Fair – Manhattan 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm City College, New York, NY
October 14 Big Apple College Fair -Brooklyn 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, NY
October 15 Big Apple College Fair – Bronx 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Lehman College, Bronx, NY
October 16 Big Apple College Fair – Staten Island 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm College of Staten Island, Staten Island, NY
October 17 Big Apple College Fair – Queens 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm St. John’s University, Queens, NY
October 18 So. Westchester Guidance Expo & College Fair 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Guidance Expo: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm College Fair Westchester County Center, White Plains, NY
October 19 North Westchester College Fair TBD Yorktown Heights High School, Yorktown, NY
October 20 Greater Binghamton College Day 11:00 am – 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Broome Co. Veterans Mem. Arena, Binghamton, NY
October 20 East End Counselor’s College Fair TBD Southampton High School
October 21 Western Suffolk Counselor’s College Fair 8:30 am – 11:30 am & 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Suffolk Comm College-Brookhaven, Selden, NY
October 21 SCT Corning Counselor’s Assoc. Regional College Fair 11:00 am – 2:00 pm & 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm Arnot Mall, Horseheads, NY
October 23 1199 SEIU Child Care Corp./Child Care Funds College Fair TBD 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 1199 SEIU Child Care Corp. Office, New York, NY
November 13 NY Urban League College Fair TBD Riverbank State Park, New York, NY
The list below comes from the Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling (RACAC). Just a couple of them, but a part of my search…
Salt Lake City, When: Saturday, October 23, 2010, Time: 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Where: Juan Diego Catholic High School
Albuquerque, When: Sunday, October 10, 2010, Time: 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Where: Albuquerque Downtown Convention Center, 401 Second Street NW, Fran Hill NE Exhibit Hall
It looks like they have one of these in Denver, Co. as well, so be sure to check into it. It doesn’t look as though they have anything updated yet.
Get more details on these two fairs here: http://www.albuquerquecc.com/
Something else I found…
Providence College was kind enough to publish a list of all the college fairs that will have one of their representatives. I love this list! BUT it’s huge, so check it out Providence College PC Perspectives and locate your state, and the school and take note of the date. BUT be sure to double-check on these. Call the school visit the library, go online and make sure of the details of the fair.
So there you go. I will continue to research other college fairs available and post them as I gather a list. If any of YOU have any, please comment back to me or send me an email. I love to share!
Your Success is my Success,
Keith Lipke is a careers and college recruiter, coach, mentor and blogger at The Career Closet. His passion is to educate, inspire, and give hope to young people who need it upon their search for the right career and college.