Our own Lowell Catholic College Fair will be held on Wednesday, October 15th from 10am to noon–that’s just one week away! In order to help you make the most of your college fair experience, Guidance has put together the below tips.
- Look over the list of colleges beforehand and have a plan of action for who you want to speak to on college fair day.
- Prior to the fair, spend some time really thinking about what college factors are important to you. Distance from home, size of the school, location, majors, sports, clubs, on-campus housing, cost, student to faculty ratio, etc. These are different for everyone.
- Once you have an idea of what you are looking for, develop meaningful questions to ask the different college representatives. If you need help with this, speak with your guidance counselor or see the “College Search” function under the “Colleges” tab in Naviance.
- Be yourself and be professional. The person at the college fair booth may be the person reviewing your application–you want to make a strong first impression! Introduce yourself, make eye contact, and shake their hand.
- If you get a business card, use it! If the admission representative gives you their business card, you want to hold onto it so that you can reach out to them should you have any questions during the admissions process. You may also want to send them a thank you email after the college fair.
- Ask about scholarships! Most colleges offer merit or need-based scholarships for students. You want to find out what scholarships are available, how to apply, and when the deadlines are. Sometimes scholarships have earlier deadlines or are available only to those who have submitted their applications by a certain date. You do not want to miss out on these opportunities!
- Stay organized. After you speak to colleges, take notes on the important details that were discussed during your conversation. You can refer back to your notes as you finalize your applications and later as you decide which college to attend.
- Keep an open mind! It is important to speak with the colleges you are already considering; however, this is also a great time to browse for any additional schools that peak your interest. You may discover a college that’s a great fit for you!
- Sophomores and juniors: Ask if the schools offer any summer programs for high school students. Attending a summer program at a college is a great way to see if that school is the right fit for you! Also, schools sometimes offer Open Houses or other events specifically for juniors, so you’ll want to ask about that as well.
See your guidance counselor if you have any questions or need help coming up with questions! We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday, October 15th at the college fair.