Why College Fairs Aren’t a Waste of Time
It’s that time of year: time for college fairs!
What happens at a college fair? Representatives from colleges arrive ready to hand out glossy brochures and business cards, answer questions, and find the right potential students for their school.
For you, these info sessions are a great, one-stop solution for beginning to decide what colleges might be right for you. Having a plan before you go will ensure you don’t waste your time.
Here’s how to make the most of every college fair you attend:
Before The Fair
- Write down your questions in advance so that you don’t forget anything while you’re there. No ideas? Think about asking about the size of the school, the average number of students in classes, what campus life is like, and what kind of grades they require for admission.
During The Fair
- Time flies by quicker than you think, so plan a route around a map of the fair. Then you’ll know exactly where to go to meet with all of your chosen schools in the most efficient way. Don’t have a map? Ask your guidance counselor for a list of colleges that will be attending, or pay attention to any emails you receive from your school about the fair.
- If you have any extra time, speak with some schools you haven’t considered. You never know what unexpectedly good ideas you might discover!
After the Fair
- Think about what colleges made the biggest impression on you and why, then write down your thoughts before you forget the particulars.
- Follow up by looking at those colleges’ websites, watching student-made videos, reading blogs, and doing other research.
- To simplify your search process, ditch all the extra pamphlets and brochures from schools you’ve already ruled out.
- If you haven’t already visited the schools on your short list, make plans to schedule a campus tour or attend an Open House!