As a high school student, it’s probably safe to say that you will spend a great deal of time thinking about and finding the right college to attend. This can be a simple task, as maybe you already have a school in mind. But what if you don’t know where you would like to attend college? How do you start your search? Sure, there are the big name universities that everyone knows about, and then there are the universities located in your region. But aside from these, how do you find out about other schools that may be a good fit for you?
The Internet is probably one of the first places you will conduct your college research. www.Colleges.com can help you whittle away at the list of schools suitable to you. But another way to research and learn about different schools is to attend a college fair.
Attending a college fair can take your college search to the next level because, unlike online research, the process of attending a large organized event can make the prospect of college seem much more real. Interacting with college representatives collecting information brochures and picking up applications is a tangible way to research colleges.
So what is a College Fair?
College fairs are essentially conventions that bring together students, their parents and a variety of different colleges. Colleges will set up booths – typically at convention centers - and send representatives to answer questions about their school. Attending a fair is a time-efficient and cost-effective way to “visit” and a variety of prospective colleges. It’s a great way to ask about application deadlines, admissions test requirements, faculty-to-student rations, dorm life, major declaration deadlines, and financial aid information.
A key organization in the nationwide college fair arena is the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), which runs The National College Fairs program. You should visit NACAC’s website to review its event schedule, if you are interested in attending a college fair.