Top 6 tips for your college fair visit!


The college planning process can be so confusing...
Let us help you get a head start before attending the Mini College Expo this October 25 at Riverview High School.



1. Research the colleges that will be at the fair! (Click here for a list)

  • Arrive early to find a parking spot and to maximize your time at the fair!
  • Re-Fuel! Remember to have a snack before going and bring a bottle of water for your College Fair Journey!
  • Make a great impression! Keep in mind that one of your goals is to make a great impression – put on a smile, stand up straight, ask questions clearly, and look confident.  Be appreciative and courteous when interacting with the college representatives. Have fun!!



2. Get to know yourself and what is important to you in a college before the fair. Try asking yourself some of these questions:

  • Do you want to attend a two year or a four year college?
  • What size school are you considering?
  • What programs/majors are you considering?
  • How much money is available for you to attend college?
  • What types of extracurricular activities are you interested in?
  • What kind of environment do you prefer?  Urban, suburban, rural?
  • Do you require any kind of special services/accommodations?  i.e. tutoring, note takers, readers, interpreters, extra time, distraction-free/separate room, etc.




3.  Dress to impress – Make a good impression! 

  • Wear comfortable shoes and dress to impress – a nice pair of pants, blouse, nice skirt, conservative and professional but comfortable.  Remember, you’re meeting face to face with college representatives!
  • Bring paper, pens, resume and create your own business card with telephone, email, and possibly a head shot (make sure that your email address is something respectable and doesn’t detract from you as a viable candidate to the college)
  • This is Your Opportunity to Speak to College Representatives!!! Don’t Be Shy 😎




4. Questions you should be asking the college representatives:

  • What are the admission requirements?
  • What qualities do you look for in a prospective student?
  • What makes your school special?
  • Can you describe the range of students that are at your college?
  • How do first year students choose their classes?
  • How are academic advisors assigned?
  • How are roommates in the residence halls assigned? (If applicable)
  • What makes your programs related to my major interest unique?
  • What are the test score requirements?
  • What majors are offered?
  • What degrees are the most popular?
  • When is the application deadline?
  • How can I arrange a campus visit? Is there a virtual tour also available?
  • How long is the wait once I’ve submitted my application for admission?
  • How much is tuition, room, board, and school supply costs? 
  • What work study and scholarship opportunities do you offer?
  • What is the average class size?



5. What to do at the fair - Visit booths, ask questions, learn & take notes!

  • Visit the college booths and ask questions of the representatives
  • Write down information that you think is important
  • Collect brochures and pamphlets to review at home
  • Attend information sessions if they’re offered – this is a great way to get expert advice!
  • Share your resume and business card with the representatives



6. What to do after the fair - Reflect, organize, learn more, prioritize, and discuss!

  • Ask yourself which colleges stood out to you and why
  • Review any notes that you took at the fair
  • Within the first week, organize the college material that you collected and review it that same week while it’s still fresh in your mind (Files, file box, etc.)
  • Throw out materials of the colleges that you have ruled out so that you can focus on your priority colleges (recycle box!)
  • Find out more! Do more research on the colleges that you’re considering
  • Explore financial aid, scholarships, and related resources
  • Follow up with a thank you note to the representatives of the schools that you are most interested in.
  • Discuss your experience and reflections – identify priority schools, safety schools, etc.
  • Schedule college visits!  Explore whether you can meet with current students or attend an event or function with students to get more of a feel for the campus!
  • Continue to fine-tune the information on each college that you’re considering
  • HAVE FUN exploring one of the most exciting, and important, times of your life!



Are you feeling more prepared for the Mini College Expo? You can do this! Don't forget to stop by the Education Foundation table for even more tips and resources to help you plan your post-secondary pathway.




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