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