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Attending a College Fair: Preparation & Questions

Instructor: Tara Schofield

Tara has a PhD in Marketing & Management

Attending a college fair is a great chance to understand the benefits and drawbacks of each school. Following the steps in this lesson, you can be more prepared and successful at college fairs.

What Is a College Fair?

A college fair is an event where representatives from many colleges and universities get together to talk to potential students. At a college fair, students learn about different options, programs, and the environments of each school. Students can ask questions and determine which schools are best for them.

Let's imagine you are considering attending college to get your bachelor's degree. You learn of a local college fair where 10 different schools will be attending. Two of the schools that you are interested in plan to attend. You decide to go to the fair and make a list of questions you want to ask while you are there.

Questions to Ask During a College Fair

Coming prepared with questions to ask the school representatives can help you feel more organized and gather comparable information. With similar data, you can more effectively compare schools to find the options that are best for you.

  • What programs are offered at the school? It's important to find out if the school offers the degree you are interested in.
  • What kinds of extracurricular activities can student participate in? This will help you determine if the extracurricular activities are appealing to you.
  • What are the admission requirements? It is important to know if you have good enough grades or a high enough entrance exam score to be accepted. If not, you can move on and focus on a school that has requirements you meet.
  • What is the process for application and registration? Understanding deadlines and necessary information is important so that you can submit the required application information in time.
  • What are tuition and fees? Not every school will be in your price range. It's best to understand what your education will cost at each school so that you can choose options that are the best financial fit for you.

College Fair Goals

College fairs are most beneficial when you have clear goals to accomplish. Some of the things that you will want to think about or do while you are at the fair include:

  • Consider school fit. Does the school 'feel' right? Listening to your inner voice and how you feel about each school's presentation can help you get an idea of how you may feel as a student.
  • Learn what you can about the campus. For example, how spread out is the campus? If you do not have transportation, you'll need to consider how far from campus you will live, how large the campus is, and if you will be able to get from one class to another by walking.
  • Ask all the questions you can. If necessary, ask the same question twice to get more information or clarification on points that are confusing to you.
  • Factor your new knowledge into your decision. If you've been accepted by many colleges, college fairs can help you make a final decision on which school you will attend. If you haven't applied anywhere yet, college fairs can help you narrow down your possibilities so that you can focus on preparing applications only for the schools you potentially want to attend.

Pros and Cons of College Fairs

Like most things, college fairs have pros and cons. Let's explore the benefits and drawbacks of attending college fairs.

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