College Fairs and Group Tours – Spring/Summer 2018

We have compiled information on several college tour groups and college fairs traveling during Spring/ Summer 2018. Please click on the links to find out if a college/university that you are interested in will be traveling to an area near you. Also, please be sure to check with your school’s college admission counselor, your local newspaper, or the admission offices of colleges that interest you to find out if, when and where a representative may be presenting information at a college fair near you.

Attending college fairs and meeting representatives of colleges that you are considering is valuable for “demonstrating interest” in those colleges. These can be critically important opportunities for personal interaction with the admission officer who will be responsible for applications from your area . . . so make the effort to have a brief but memorable meeting. Then, follow-up the brief over-the-table interaction with a personal email.

  1. NACAC Spring 2018 National College Fair

Parents and students participating in the free National College Fairs meet one-on-one with representatives from colleges and universities to discuss admission and financial aid opportunities at their respective institutions. Fairs are held between February 8 and May 6 in the following states: PA, FL, NY, SC, NC, GA, MI, CT, MA, TX, MD, RI, TN, NV, CA, OH, HI, NJ; and in Vancouver, BC. Check the website for the specific schedule. Register before the fair to make the most of your time onsite and ensure that colleges can follow up with you.

  1. Coast to Coast College Tour, Spring 2018

Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, Princeton University, University of California-Berkeley, and Vanderbilt University collaborate on a series of events across the country designed to educate students and parents on selective admission, financial aid, and the common admission philosophy shared among the five institutions. Students and parents are encouraged to take this opportunity to speak informally with admission representatives as well as to explore the defining characteristics of each school. Click on the link (http://www.coasttocoasttour.org) for more information and to register.

  1. Colleges That Change Lives

Each Colleges That Change Lives program begins with a 30-minute panel presentation on completing a college search today, sharing the latest research on specific campus characteristics and learning components that lead to the most successful college experience. Immediately after the panel presentation, the college fair begins, lasting approximately 1.5 hours. See the website for participating colleges. The US tour will visit the following states between May 19 and August 23: NM, GA, TX, MA, NC, IL, MI, CO, FL, CA, MN, TN, NY, OR, AZ, WA, MO, DC. (http://ctcl.org/info-sessions/)

  1. Exploring Educational Excellence

Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell and Rice typically travel collectively to present at information sessions with prospective students and their families across the US during the Spring. Sessions typically include a brief overview of each institution, information on admissions and financial aid, and a chance to speak informally with admissions representatives. Check this website regularly for further updates.

  1. 8 of the Best Colleges

Claremont McKenna, Colorado College, Connecticut College, Grinnell College, Haverford College, Kenyon College, Macalester College, and Sarah Lawrence College invite students and families to learn more about these eight internationally recognized liberal arts colleges.  Receptions will be held between May 20 and 24 in five cities: Houston, TX, Austin, TX, Dallas, TX, Denver, CO and Phoenix, AZ. Check the following link for more details on location and timing as May draws closer: https://8ofthebestcolleges.org/upcoming-programs/spring/.

  1. Jesuit Excellence Tour (JET)

The Jesuit Excellence Tour (JET) is a series of recruitment events that take place throughout each academic year in metro areas across the country. These events allow admissions staffs at Jesuit colleges and universities to jointly recruit targeted areas. Meanwhile, students who participate in the JET programs are provided simultaneous access to a number of Jesuit institutions, to which some of the students may not have had previous exposure. Check out the website to download an informational packet about each of the 28 Jesuit institutions and for the tour schedule, which goes from January 29 to April 27.

  1. Exploring College Options

This is a special recruitment program sponsored by the undergraduate admissions offices of Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford. Registration for Spring 2018 events will be available in April 2018. Click on the link and then move your mouse over the state you are interested in to find the locations within that state, and the dates and times.

During the month of May 2018, admissions officers from Georgetown University, Duke University, Harvard University, and the University of Pennsylvania are tentatively planning to conduct Information Sessions in Central and South America in the following cities: Bogota, Lima, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and La Paz. Once the dates and details are confirmed, the exact locations and registration links will be published. Admissions officers from Georgetown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Duke University, Northwestern University, and the Princeton University will conduct Information Sessions throughout India and the Middle East in Spring 2018. Check this link regularly for further updates: (https://uadmissions.georgetown.edu/visiting/your-area/international-cities).

  1. The Claremont Colleges Information Sessions

The Claremont Colleges frequently host information sessions in the Spring by admission representatives from Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps Colleges. Check the website (http://www.cmc.edu/admission/ccr.php) regularly for further updates.

  1. Study Life USA

Student education fairs give you a chance to speak directly with representatives of US universities, language programs and summer schools. Click on this link for a list of international education fairs taking place during Spring 2018 (beginning in late January) in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Middle East: http://studyusa.com/en/a/195/education-fairs.