Applying to college is a big step for any teen or young adult. They are taking the first steps towards their independence. Even if your teen is sure about their future career, choosing the right college can make all the difference in the world. One way to make that choice simpler may be to interact with several colleges at a college fair. For some students, college fairs might be a bit overwhelming this is why it’s helpful to set up a game plan for which schools you plan to visit with. Because of the pandemic the in person college fairs have been postponed. However, a few virtual events are coming up in the spring that might interest students and their families. All high school students who are rising juniors
The fairs are organized by the National Association of College Admissions Counseling. (NACAC)
How Do They Work?
Each of the virtual fairs listed above has similar formats. You can access the colleges by reviewing the recorded videos that are posted from each college. You can also sign up for times to meet virtually with a counselor to gather more information about your choices. These sessions are designed to help you learn more about each school. Virtual fairs are a fantastic way to see multiple schools in one day and there is no driving or parking involved. No lines at the booths either.
What Should I ask?
Speaking to an admissions officer can feel intimidating if you don’t know what to ask. You will want to ask the same questions at each school so that you can make accurate comparisons. You should be able to narrow the field to a few promising options. The following are just some of the guidelines and questions to keep in mind. We will break them down by category.
Enjoy the fairs and take notes! Remember to get the names of the admissions personnel and send them a thank you note for hosting the event.