How To: Prepare for a College Fair

As an admissions counselor, I cannot wait to line up at your local high school or community college to talk to you! I am excited, anxious, and a little nervous…as I am sure you are, too. So here is my quick how-to guide for preparing for a college fair.

What to expect:

Most college fairs are held in a gym or large conference room at a high school. There will be a number of colleges and universities attending the fair. Each college or university will have a table with some school-spirit swag, brochures, and more from their institution. But most importantly, there will be a representative (like me!) there to talk to you and answer your questions about applying, attending, and graduating from their school.

What to prepare:

  1. Prepare questions that matter to you (yes, YOU)!: Is it a particular major? Getting an internship? Dining options on campus? Aspects of campus culture? Write down the questions that really matter most to you as you are looking at different colleges.
  2. Do some research: Most fairs will publish which schools will be attending. Before the fair, really think about what you are looking for at an institution (location, size, degree, etc.). Find those schools that you want to make sure you visit, and be sure to stop by before you leave. Zoe’s blog is a great place to start.
  3. Be ready to connect with representatives: We spend a lot of time emailing and talking to prospective students on the phone, so we are excited to talk in-person! We have great materials for you to pick up, but we really want to get to know you and your goals. We can chat about classes you like, activities you’re involved in, majors, puppies, and more.
  4. Know your limits: I’m not going to lie…college fairs can be a bit overwhelming. It is a lot of people, sharing a lot of information all in the same place. Don’t feel obligated to stay the whole time, but make the time you are there count!

And after the fair…keep in contact! Questions and conversations don’t have to stop at the fair! Keep us posted on questions that come up, we want to continue to be a resource for you on your college journey.

See you on the road!


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Rachide Arthur

November 3, 2016, 4:13 pm

I rachide arthur am interested in university of illinois and technology solutions is what
my best knowledge of educational level is at. Also, i would prefer a printout of application
than to apply by online it is easier that way i can just fill out and mail foward including
saving the application fee amount.



November 4, 2016, 1:19 pm

Hi Rachide,
I’m glad your interested in Illinois! Our application is only available online through your myIllini account. I would recommend chatting with your high school guidance counselor to see if you are eligible for a fee waiver. Please let me know if you have any questions!