College fairs offer high school students the opportunity to collect as much information as they can about many colleges all in one location. Universities and colleges send alumni or admission counselors to college fairs, and students can talk to these individuals about majors, financial aid, sports opportunities and extracurricular activities. At college fairs, students can also schedule campus visits and provide contact information to join mailing lists of universities in which they are interested.
College fairs are generally held at high schools, local community centers or conference centers, and the visiting colleges are typically a mix of local and national colleges and universities. The representatives sit at booths or tables to hand out information and answer questions.
Before students attend a college fair, they should find out which colleges are attending so they can plan which tables or booths to visit. Students should make a list of questions they'd like to ask and should go to the fair prepared with a pen, paper and bag to hold the collected cards and brochures. Students should also be willing to visit colleges they may not have considered prior to the fair to see if there's something available at the college that piques the student's interest.