Advice for College Fairs

Educational Consultant, Cara Ray, shares some tips for college fairs from that she learned while working on the other side of the table in admissions at the University of Colorado Boulder.




Questions to ask at a college fair:

Be specific in the questions you ask. College reps don’t have a lot of time to talk to each student so asking really broad questions such as “tell me about your school” are difficult for them to answer. Also, ask questions that you can’t find in the brochures on the table at the fair. Usually, the college rep will have brochures with general facts about majors, admission statistics, how many students attend, etc. Try and use your time at the table to ask questions that are unique to you and your interests.

How to Make the Most of Your Time:

The main goal for colleges attending a college fair is to have you, the student, fill out one of their contact cards. This is the little piece of paper (or form on the laptop/ipad) at the front of the table that collects your general information. This form allows the college to keep in touch with you, and market to you, in the months ahead. Save yourself time filling these forms out by printing up sticky labels with your name, birthdate, email address, mailing address, telephone number, GPA, intended major, etc. Plan ahead. Colleges fair hosts usually release a list of the colleges attending far in advance of the fair taking place. Get a copy of that list and highlight the schools you are interested in and plan to stop by their tables first. Also, do some advance research. Learn a little bit about the colleges you are interested in so you can have more of a conversation at the table.

Published by Mark Montgomery

Mark is a leading educational consultant. His experience as a professor, college administrator, and youth mentor help him guide students from around the country and around the world.

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