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Hello Everyone – this not only for college fairs, but also provides links for some other great hidden gems.

What to do in a College Fair!

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?

Pre-College Reads

Below are links to some fun and light articles to prepare you for the college experience, inspire you, and educate you on some college trends.

Why You Shouldn’t Expect Your College Roommate To Be Your Best Friend

Topic of Your Choice as a College Essay. Just Because You Can

The True Value of a College Education

College is the Goal. The Problem? Getting There.

CUNY to Revamp Remedial Programs, Hoping to Lift Graduation Rates

Five Myths About Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Along the Autism Spectrum, a Path Through Campus Life

New Item on the College Admission Checklist: LinkedIn Profile

Collegemagazine.com