Spring is in the air, and so are college fairs!
A college fair is an educational opportunity for students and parents and a marketing opportunity for colleges. In the fall and spring, many colleges send their admissions staff on the road to promote the school to high school students. The fall fair is larger, often with close to 300 schools in attendance. The spring fair is less overwhelming, but there will still be approximately 125 colleges in attendance eager to tell you why their school might be a good fit for you.
The University of Portland will be the host site for the Spring College Fair hosted by PNACAC (Pacific NW Association of College Admission Counseling). I encourage 10th and 11th-grade students and their parents to attend the fair.
As the event is automated, students are asked to register before attending the event, to eliminate filling out prospect cards at each college table every time. Access the registration form here: http://www.gotocollegefairs.com/. Completing the form creates a barcode which you should print and bring with you to the fair. Colleges will simply scan the barcodes to obtain your information (and track “demonstrated interest“). The barcode streamlines the fair for students (vs. filling out cards at every college table) giving you more time to learn about the colleges that interest you.
Steps to Register:
- Students access http://www.gotocollegefairs.com/
- Click on the “Student Register Now” button
- Select the state, choose the fair you will attend
- Complete the registration form once
- Submit the form. The barcode is displayed
- Print and bring with you to the fair!
Juniors, I highly recommend that you plan to attend in preparation for writing applications and essays this summer. Now is the time you want to focus on your college list. If you haven’t started exploring colleges, use the fair to start your research. If you already have some schools in mind, check the list below to see who attended last spring, and keep checking here for a list of this year’s attendees. If your schools are in attendance, it is important to make an effort to show up at the fair and meet the rep. Demonstrated interest is one of many factors taken into consideration during an application review. Continue reading