Oct 8, 2012

It's College Fair Season

The Colleges That Change Lives Fair

Fall is in the air, and college reps are hitting the road for the annual recruitment parade. In addition to scheduling off-campus interviews, admissions officials are active participants in local college fairs.  And you are cordially invited to attend one or several fairs depending on where your favorite colleges or universities happen to visit this year:

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 37th 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 21th, at Fair Oaks Mall. College Night will take place the following evening at Hayfield Secondary School and will also feature a series of 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 100 colleges and universities are expected to attend the annual college fair sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity on November 10 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Stephen Decatur Community Center in Clinton, Maryland. This year's fair will feature financial aid seminars, scholarship raffles, computer giveaways and much more.

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 9, at Edgewood High School. This year’s event will include a college-bound student-athlete eligibility seminar scheduled to run from 6:30 to 7:00, in the high school auditorium followed by a workshop on financial aid.

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.

JCC Annual College Fair
All are invited to the JCC Annual College Fair, scheduled for Sunday, October 28, at the Rosenbloom Jewish Community Center, located on Gwynnbrook Avenue in Owings Mill, Maryland.  Representatives from an impressive list of over 40 colleges and universities will be available to meet with students and parents. 

Korea Daily College Fairs
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 San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Washington, DC.  For a complete schedule of events, check the Korea Daily website.

LGBT College Fairs
Campus Pride’s national LGBT college fair program includes events in Dallas, Charlotte, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, and New York (November 2).  Free and open to the public, these fairs offer students the opportunity to learn more about LGBT-friendly colleges and universities  For more information, visit the Campus Pride Blog.

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 Wednesday, November 7, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and Baltimore, scheduled for October 29-30, 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, October 28, at the Washington Convention Center.

National Christian College Fairs
Over 100 fairs are scheduled to take place in the US and Canada this fall.  The DC area fair is scheduled for October 25 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Grace Brethern Christian School 6501 Surratts Road in Clinton, MD. A complete list of participating colleges and universities may be found on the National Christian Fair website.

National Hispanic College Fairs
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 31, 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, December 8, at Virginia Commonwealth University; Saturday, December 1, at the Corcoran College of Art & Design; or Sunday, December 2, at the Maryland Institute College of Art .

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