Von Steuben College Fair 2014 Participating Colleges & Universities

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Von Steuben College Fair 2014

Participating Colleges & Universities

AFS International Programs

Grinnell College

Oakton Community College

American Academy of Art

Hope College

Purdue University

The Art Institute of Chicago

Illinois Institute of Technology

Robert Morris University

The Art Institutes

Illinois Wesleyan

Roosevelt University

Aurora University

University of Illinois at Chicago

Rose-Hulman Institute

Ball State University

University of Illinois at Springfield

Shimer College

Benedictine University

University of Illinois at Urbana

Southern Illinois University

Carthage College

Indiana University Bloomington

University of South Alabama

Chicago State University

University of Kentucky

The University of Tampa

Coe College

Loyola University

Trinity Christian College

Columbia College Chicago

Luther College

Triton College

Concordia University Chicago

Marian University

United States Navy

Cornell College

Michigan Technological University

Universal Technical Institute

Denison University

University of Michigan

US Army

DePaul University

University of Missouri

Valparaiso University

DePauw University

Monmouth College

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dominican University

Northeastern Illinois University

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Drake University

Northern Illinois University

Eastern Illinois University

Northern Michigan University

Elmhurst College

Northwestern University

College Fair Preparation Lesson Plan

Objective: Students will learn about the college fair process, college fair etiquette, and identify personal goals for the fair.

  1. Review college match and college fit.

    • College Match: A college is a MATCH when a student’s ACT scores and GPA align with the average ACT scores and GPA of admitted students.

    • College Fit: A college is FIT when it meets the student’s personal needs and preferences pertaining to academic major, cost, size, location, athletics, campus life, etc.

  1. The purpose of a college fair. According to the College Board, the number one question students ask recruiters at college fairs is “What is this all about?” This indicates that many students go to college fairs unprepared to speak to representatives. College fairs are all about finding the perfect college fit for students in relation to majors, size, cost, activities, location, housing, etc. In addition, college fairs allow students to speak directly to admissions directors who may eventually review a student’s application. College fairs give students a chance to make a positive impression on college representatives.

  1. Review college fair etiquette. Tips for students:

    • Review the list of visiting colleges. Go on Naviance and What’s Next Illinois (whatsnextillinois.org) to identify colleges that are good match for you. Before Oct. 16th, make note of which college you want to visit at the fair.*

    • Come up with questions for college reps.

    • Introduce yourself to the college reps. Shake hands. Make eye contact.

    • Take the time to speak to college reps before picking up any free pens or materials.

    • Colleges will have contact cards to fill out. Fill them out completely and legibly, so colleges can get in touch with you.

*Students can always visit the Counseling Department for help identifying colleges and universities to target at the college fair.

College Fair Worksheet


Name of College Representative: Email Address:


Cost - Tuition: Room & Board:

School Size: Average Class Size:

Average ACT of Admitted Freshman: Average GPA of Admitted Freshman:

Majors/Programs Offered:

Scholarships Offered:

Student Life/Athletics:


Possible Questions to Ask the University, College, or Trade School Admissions Representatives

  1. You should already know where the school is located. But you could ask if it serve a commuter population, or what the neighborhood is like right around the school.

  1. What is the price of tuition per semester or academic year?

  1. What type of on-campus housing is available and how much does it cost?

  1. What financial aid, scholarship or student loans can you apply for?

  1. Does living on campus have an effect on financial aid? What happens if you move off campus?

  1. If you have a particular major in mind, always ask whether or not a college offers it. You might ask what academic programs the school is particularly proud of.

  1. How well established is a school’s career placement office? What percentage of graduates is employed within six months of graduation?

  1. What type of facilities will you have access to on campus? Is there a computer center for students who don’t own computers?

  1. What types of athletic teams exist? Are there both men and women factions? What division is the school in each sport? Are athletic scholarships offered?

  1. What types of cultural events are brought to campus? Is there music or theater groups?

  1. What about student organizations?

  1. For those on a special diet, inquire about a school’s food services.

  1. What is the school’s crime rate?

  1. What types of graduate, distance learning or study abroad programs are available?

  1. What continuing education and /or certificate programs are offered to the community?

  1. Are classes offered during the evenings and/or on weekends?

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