A KEY TO COLLEGE FAIRS
NACAC – National Association for College Admissions Counseling
NEACAC – New England Association for College Admissions Counseling
NACAC sponsors National College Fairs across the United States during the fall and spring semesters. Typically, the National College Fairs are held in the New England area in the spring. College Fairs for the Performing and Visual Arts are sponsored by NACAC in the fall only.
NEACAC sponsors College Fairs in the New England area mainly in the fall.
College Fairs allow students to meet admission reps from a wide range of colleges and briefly discuss course offerings, admission and financial aid requirements and college life in general. In order to get the most out of a college fair, students and parents should review the list of college fair participants before the fair. They should then prepare a short list of questions unique to the student, which are not readily available on college websites or in brochures. Finally, map out the route beforehand, selecting which college booths they will visit.
College participants vary from fair to fair. To see a complete listing of college participants for both the NACAC and NEACAC College Fairs, visit their websites at:
· Click on Events Calendar
· Then on College Fairs
· Then on National College Fairs or Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs
· Click on College Fairs
· Then on Fall Fair Schedule
· Then on the host institution’s name for a listing of college participants
The NACAC website is a great resource for parents and students going through the college search process. They publish an online newsletter called “Steps to College”, which contains dozens of articles on relevant college search topics including:
Resources and Tips as you Begin Your College Search
Preparing for College While You’re in High School
Choosing the Best-Fit College
The College Admissions Process
Alternatives to Going to College Right After High School
Your Senior Year
Preparing to Adjust to College
A section just for Parents