Inside a College Fair: What to Expect
The college search sometimes feels a lot like dating. There will be some colleges
and universities where the spark isn't there and a few schools you'll absolutely love.
Where better to get know each other than a college fair?
A college fair is a great chance for you and even your parents to find out more about
your top college choices and hear from universities you might not have considered.
You can find out about fairs near you through your high school, online or by checking with a university that interests you to see when they'll be in town.
The College Search
Going to a college fair is a little like a speed dating event, said a Saint Louis
University admission counselor. You have somewhere between 90 minutes to two hours
to check out the schools — and sometimes there are hundreds to choose from. Before
the fair, try to find a list of the colleges that will be attending and put an asterisk
by the ones that interest you.
College Questions to Ask
Every date needs a little small talk, so come with a few questions about college,
from how to get financial aid and scholarship money to admission requirements and
what assistance you'll have getting in. Here are a few more subjects to get you started:
- Does your college offer undergraduates the major or program I'm interested in?
- How much does your university cost?
- What kind of scholarships does your college offer?
- How much financial aid do students at your university get?
- Who will help me find a major?
- What college application deadlines should I keep in mind?
- How big is your school?
Get more top questions to ask a college admissions counselor.
Request More Information
Of course, everyone wants to make a good impression when it comes to getting into
college — both you and the admission counselor you're visiting with. "College fairs
are our way of bringing a small bit of the campus directly to you," said Saint Louis
University admission counselor Michelle Rogers. The representatives colleges and universities
send are hoping to spark your interest and make a memorable impression.
If a school feels like a fit, it might be time for a second date. Request information from colleges that interest you or schedule a campus visit.
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