Oct 1, 2011

Can't Miss College Fairs

Now that you understand why you should attend college fairs and have absorbed a few tips for making them successful events, here are some local fairs you should consider visiting. Choose from among the options and mark your calendar accordingly!

Colleges That Change Lives
The 40 Colleges That Change Lives typically kick off their tour in May and make Washington DC one of the first stops. The program begins with a 30-minute panel presentation on completing a college search, which is followed by a college fair lasting about 1.5 hours. Watch the CTCL website for information on next year’s schedule of events.

FCPS College Fair and Night
Students and their families are invited to help celebrate the 36th annual Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Annual College Fair and College Night Programs. Both events provide opportunities for college-bound students and their families to gather information from several hundred participating colleges and universities. This year’s college fair will be held on Sunday, October 16th, at Fair Oaks Mall. College Night will take place the following evening at Hayfield Secondary School and will also feature a series of very useful workshops. For more information or to download a College Fair Ticket with barcode, visit the FCPS website.

Go-To-High School Go-To-College Fair
Over 65 colleges and universities are expected to attend this free college fair, sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. The fair, scheduled for November 12 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., will feature financial aid seminars, a panel discussion, scholarship raffles, laptop computer giveaways and more. The event will be held at the Stephen Decatur Community Center, 8200 Pinewood Drive in Clinton, Maryland.

Harford County Public Schools ‘Education after High School’ College Fair
Parents and students in all grade levels are invited to attend and meet representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities, on Tuesday, October 11, at Edgewood High School. This year’s event will include a college-bound student athletes eligibility seminar scheduled to run from 6:30 to 7:15, in the high school auditorium.

JET College Nights
Twenty-eight Jesuit colleges and universities located in 19 states work together to schedule "regional" Jesuit Excellence Tour (JET) College Nights. In the coming months, the tour will be in every corner of the country including Las Vegas, Cincinnati, Boston, Chicago, and New York—to name a few host cities. Locally, two events are being scheduled for the beginning of March—one in Baltimore and the other in DC.

Knights of Columbus Catholic College Fair
This year’s event will be held the evening of October 6, in the school gym at the Church of the Holy Spirit, in Annandale. The fair is open to the public and starts at 7:00 p.m. Typically, between 30 and 35 Catholic colleges and universities participate including Santa Clara University, Villanova, University of Dayton, Creighton University, and many other familiar names.

Korea Daily College Fair
Since 2006, the Korea Daily College Fair has brought together Koreans and other Asians interested in learning more about colleges and the admissions process. Each fair features keynote speakers or seminars covering a variety of topics including curriculum, admissions requirements, financial aid, campus life, and more. Fairs are held in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington DC. This year, the DC fair will take place on Saturday, October 1, at the Korean Central Presbyterian Church in Centerville VA.

Montgomery County Regional College Fair
Montgomery County Community College will host the annual Montgomery County Regional College Fair on Wednesday, October 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 in the Physical Education Center at the Central Campus. More than 150 colleges and universities will be available to speak with students and their parents about admissions criteria and procedures. Financial aid officers from local colleges and guidance counselors from MCPS will also be on hand to answer questions. In addition, two special workshops will highlight the evening and provide students with an in-depth look into the admissions process.

NACAC’s National College Fairs
Free and open to the public, NACAC’s National College Fairs are organized to promote interaction with admissions staff representing a wide range of postsecondary institutions. During the day, workshops are scheduled covering a variety of topics including financial aid, essay writing, NCAA eligibility, and students with disabilities. In addition, college counselors are available to answer questions and help with college search. Online registration is available for many National College Fairs, including greater Washington, DC, scheduled for Tuesday, October 18, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and Baltimore, scheduled for November 7-8, at the Baltimore Convention Center.

NACAC’s Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) College Fairs
PVA College Fairs are specifically targeted to students interested in studying theater, visual arts, graphic design, music, dance or other related disciplines. In addition to providing information on educational opportunities, admission requirements, and financial aid, staff is available to provide advice on portfolio development and auditions. PVA College Fairs require no pre-registration although the opportunity to register is offered online for many fairs including the one scheduled for Sunday, November 6, at the Washington Convention Center.

National Hispanic College Fair
Partnered with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, these fairs are organized to help minority students gain access to a broad range of colleges/universities and vocational training institutions. These events are typically scheduled during the school day and require release from school. This year, the Montgomery County Public Schools are hosting a National Hispanic College Fair on Wednesday, October 19, at the Shady Grove Conference Center.

Portfolio Days
National Portfolio Days are specifically for visual artists and designers. These events are not so much college fairs as opportunities to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Portfolio Days require no registration and operate on a first come, first served basis. Local events are scheduled for Saturday, November 5, at the Hartford Art School in Richmond; Saturday, December 3, at the Corcoran College of Art & Design; or Sunday, December 4, at the Maryland Institute College of Art .

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