Making the Most of a College Fair

College Fairs and Group Tours – Spring/Summer 2017

Making the Most of a College FairWe have compiled information on several college tour groups and college fairs traveling during Spring/Summer 2017. 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 2017 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 9 and May 8 in the following states: PA, FL, NY, SC, NC, GA, MI, OH, MA, MD, CT, HI, TX, CA, NJ, TN, OK, RI; 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 2017

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. Fairs will be held May 14 to June 8, in cities in the Eastern half of the U.S. Click on the link ( 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 21 and August 30: NM, GA, TX, MA, NC, IL, TX, MI, CO, TX, CA, MN, TN, NY, OR, AZ, WA, MO, DC. (

  1. Exploring Educational Excellence

Join Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell and Rice for an information session for prospective students and their families. Sessions include a brief overview of each institution, information on admissions and financial aid, and a chance to speak informally with admissions representatives. Information sessions will be held in AZ, CA, FL, GA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, NY, OR, PA, TX, and WA between April 23 and June 8. See the website for more information and to register:

  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 21 and 25 in five cities: Boston, MA, Westchester County, NY, New York City, NY, Columbus/Cleveland, OH, and Chicago, IL.

  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 30 to May 26.

  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 2017 events will be available in the end of March. Please 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.  Online registration is available (

Recruitment travel to Central and South America will be conducted during Spring 2017, in Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Brazil, Ecuador, Panama and Peru. Travel to India and the Middle East is tentatively planned for Spring 2017 (

  1. The Claremont Colleges Information Sessions

The Claremont Colleges will host an information session by admission representatives from Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps Colleges. Admission officers will discuss the benefits of attending each individual college, as well as the advantages of participating in one of the strongest and most cohesive college consortia in the nation. The program will include a media presentation, individual college information presentations, a general question-and-answer session, and time at the end of the program for you to speak individually with each college. Check the website ( for a schedule of Claremont Colleges receptions and registration information.

  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 2017 (beginning in February) in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Middle East: