Attending a college fair is a great way to research schools as well as demonstrate interest in schools.
Students in all grade levels are encouraged to attend the fairs.
- Grade 9 - Find out what it takes to be career and college ready
- Grade 10 - Find colleges that offer majors you are interested in and compare the schools
- Grade 11 - Identify what you are looking for in a school and ask targeted questions to discover schools that best fit you
- Grade 12 - Touch base with reps from schools you applied to or if you have not yet applied--meet with reps to find the schools you are interested in applying to
There are several different college fairs in the Twin Cities area. More information about each fair can be found belowChamplin Park High School will host a college fair on Monday, February 24, 2020 from 8:00-9:30am in the field house. Check with your student for the exact time. There will be over 100 colleges representing 2 and 4 year colleges. To save time at the college fair, students should go to www.gotocollegefairs.com and preregister. By printing the bar code and bringing it with to the college fair students will be able to have colleges scan this to request information. They can also access their code on their smart phone.For a list of colleges Click HEREFor a list of questions to ask at the college fair or while visiting college campuses click here: List of questions
Use these 5 tips to best prepare for a college fair:
- Review the list of schools. Before you go to a college fair, get the list of schools that will be represented at the event. Review the list and mark the colleges that you are most interested in learning about. Take some time to research your narrowed list of schools and take notes. Jot down general facts (number of students, location, cost, etc.) and key features (student activities, school traditions, fun classes, etc.) about each school.
- Ask thoughtful questions. When you have an opportunity to talk with a college representative, make the most out of your time by asking the right questions. Rule of thumb: if Google can answer it, don’t waste your time asking. Instead, try to learn something about a school that requires an answer from an expert. Use these 10 questions for inspiration:
- What is a typical day on campus like for a freshman student?
- What do students do on the weekends?
- What is the coolest class you’ve heard about?
- What kind of career support is offered outside of the classroom?
- What is the most popular student organization on campus?
- I enjoy playing ______ in my free time. What club would you recommend for me?
- What are the dorms like? How about the food?
- I want to pursue a major in _____, can you tell me more about the program and how it’s different than other schools?
- What is the coolest part about the city/town?
- What question do you wish I would ask?
- Take good notes. Take a minute or two between booths to write down key takeaways from your conversation. If you wait too long, all the small talk can start to blend together. Another tip is to write down something memorable about the rep you talked to so that you can easily think back to the conversation. Download our College Fair Worksheet to see an example of how to organize your thoughts, before, during, and after the event.
- Leave time to explore. Mapping out the booths you plan to visit can help limit too many distractions. However, it’s important to allow some time to explore options that didn’t make your short list. Don’t let tunnel vision keep you from learning about a school that catches your attention.
- Collect contact information. Make sure you snag business cards, brochures, and any other information you can about the schools that excite you. Use these materials to compare schools by manually sorting the handouts once you get home.
College fairs might not have cotton candy and carnival rides, but they are full of valuable information that can help you plan for your future.