It’s my first college fair? What do I do!?

March 14th, 2010

College fairs.  They are an interactive and helpful component for those that are exploring education/training after high school.  The format of most college fairs is rows and rows of eager college/university/military/school representatives ready to answer prospective students’ questions.  The representatives are there for YOU so please don’t be nervous.  The fairs may be held in a gym, stadium, classroom or a conference room.  Also, be mindful of the location and the space before you attend and that may claim some nerves.

Before you step into your very first college fair, there are a few things that you can do to prepare for a successful experience.  Here are a few questions to ask yourself before attending the fair:

  • Do you want to attend a two- or four-year institution?
  • What size school do you want to attend?
  • What programs of study are you considering?
  • How far from home do you want to go?
  • Do you wish to participate in any specific extra-curricular activities or athletics?
  • Do you want to attend a school in an urban, suburban or rural environment?
  • Do you require any special services (i.e. tutoring, note takers, readers, TDD or interpreters)?

Ask for help and do your homework:

  • Discuss your college plans with your guidance counselor, family, teachers and friends.
  • Research your colleges of interest on the Internet and in your guidance office/library.
  • Check dates and registration deadlines for college entrance examinations.
  • See if pre-registration is available at the college fair near you. Register before heading to the fair!

After you have prepared and know what you are looking for in your college experience, it is time to go to the college fair.  While at the fair you should:

  • Pick up a bag and a fair directory.
  • Visit with colleges and universities which you feel meet your criteria.
  • Talk with a college counselor at the Counseling Center if you have any questions or need help with your college search.
  • If available, attend an information session.

Once you are home, go through all the materials that you have gathered from the institutions that you are interested in attending.  Review the admission requirements and meet with your high school counselor to help plan ways to achieve admittance into your top schools.

Oregon State University will be attending the following Regional College Fair in March:

Boise, ID PNACAC Fair

Check out where Oregon State University will be next.

Thanks for reading the blog!
-CYN

6 Responses to “It’s my first college fair? What do I do!?”

  1. dale says:

    Great advice for the soon-to-be freshmen! I would also advise researching crime rates in various towns the colleges are in.

  2. […] many of the campuses and visit college fairs, sometimes you just don't know what to ask.  I think OSU's admissions blog summed up college fairs the best.  They have a list of things to consider at college fairs.  […]

  3. Lisa says:

    I never considered attending college fair. I just thought it wouldn’t matter much, but after attending, I had a whole another though about which school to go to. If there’s a fair then attend one. It’s worth it.

  4. rock.sit says:

    hi,this is very good.

  5. Kate says:

    I also suggest that when you go to the college fair – or any similar event – take a small notebook and pen to write down anything you learn and want to remember, or questions you have to ask later, etc. I also find it helpful to have a sheet of self-stick address labels with your information on them … it takes a lot less time to stick a label on a mailing list than to stand there and hand-write your information.

  6. Matt says:

    Great suggestions @Kate!

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