U.S. College Fairs and Group Tours – Fall 2018

We have compiled information on college tour groups and college fairs traveling during Fall 2018. Please click on the links to find out if a school you are interested in will be traveling to an area near you. Also, please be sure to check with your school 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 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 Performing and Visual Arts College Fair

Parents and students participating in the free Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs interact with admission representatives from a wide range of post-secondary institutions. Fairs will be held around the U.S. between September 20 and November 7, 2018. Check the website for schedule and locations. (https://www.nacacfairs.org/attend/pva/)

  1. NACAC Fall 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 September 8 and November 6, 2018, in various states around the country. 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. (https://www.gotomyncf.com/Registration/EventSelectForState?stateName=All)

  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. Please click on the link and then move your mouse over the state you are interested to find the locations within that state, dates and times. Online registration is available. (http://www.exploringcollegeoptions.org/)

  1. The Claremont Colleges Reception Fall Locations

Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, Pomona and Scripps Colleges discuss the advantages of participating in one of the strongest and most cohesive college consortia in the nation. The program includes 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 website for schedule. Receptions will be held on August 18 in Portland, OR, and on August 19 in both Seattle, WA, and Minneapolis, MN.

  1. Exploring Educational Excellence

Join Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, and Rice for an information session targeted to prospective students and families. Sessions include an overview of each institution, information on admissions and financial aid, as well as a chance to speak informally with admissions representatives. Please click on the link and then move your mouse over the state in which you are interested to see the cities they will be visiting. Click on the state to find the city, date and start time. Click on the city to view the address and the link for online registration. Information sessions will be held from August 28 to October 17. (http://www.exploringeducationalexcellence.org/index.php)

  1. Coast to Coast College Tour, Fall 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. This fall the tour will visit cities across the US beginning August 26. Click on the link (https://www.coasttocoasttour.org/) 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 September 11 and 16, 2018, in five locations: Boston, MA; New York City, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD.

  1. Notre Dame, University of Virginia, Washington University, Johns Hopkins and Emory Evening Programs

Between August 26 and October 4, admission officers from these five universities will host a group presentation and be available for questions during a 1.5-hour program for students and families in cities across the US. Click on the link for locations and to register: http://www.thenuwhetour.org/.