Juniors and sophomores, have you been thinking about your future? Do you know the career you’d like to pursue or which college you want to attend? Perhaps you’ve said to yourself, “that’s a long way off, so I’ll think about it later.” Before you know it, you’ll be donning a cap and gown, graduating, and facing life after high school!
College fairs are a great opportunity for you to learn what colleges have to offer in terms of career fields, student services, scholarship opportunities, organizations to get involved in and the list goes on and on. If you’re a first time College Fair goer, read on;
What to expect:
Three college fairs will be held in Nebraska this spring, so plan to attend if one is in your area. College Fairs allow admission representatives from various colleges to set up shop in one location to spread the word about their institution and recruit students. These events are beneficial for families and students who’d like to talk to a number of colleges at one time. College Fairs are open to the public and are FREE of charge! It’s a great way to kick off your college planning process.
How do I prepare?
- Determine what you’re looking for in a college. Consider factors such as location, academic programs that match your skills and interests, school size, social climate, career prep, and the cost.
- Make a list of the colleges you’d like to visit while at the fair. Check out this list of participating colleges for the Tri-State, Omaha, and Lincoln
- Prepare a list of questions to ask the college reps. Click here for ideas.
- Register for a barcode at NebraskaCollegeFairs.org. Print or save the barcode to your phone so college reps can scan your demographic information. This will save you from completing student information cards at each table you visit.
- Take notes of your conversations with the college reps.
The day of the event:
- Arrive early so you have time to visit with all of the colleges on your list. You might even find a college you hadn’t considered that meets all of your requirements!
- Have colleges scan your barcode so they can send you additional information and follow up with you.
- Pick up business cards of any reps you speak with, in case you have further questions for them. Also grab brochures and trinkets that they have laid out on their table….it’s there for the taking!
- Attend general information sessions to learn more about applying for admissions and financial aid.
- Consider stopping at the Armed Forces’ table to discuss ways to offset your college costs, or to pursue a military career.
After the college fair, review the materials you’ve collected and start listing pros and cons of each college. This is a good way to narrow your college choices down to a more manageable and realistic number. Next, plan and schedule campus visits to your top colleges so you can get a feel for the campus and eventually find the right fit. Finally, keep in contact with the college reps so you’re aware of special events for potential students. They can also keep you informed of deadlines for scholarships, admissions, and financial aid applications.
Plan to attend a college fair near you, and stop by the EducationQuest table for additional college related information. Let us help you get your college planning off to a great start!