Admissions counselors from colleges across the country are making the rounds at local and regional college fairs this Spring.
Sure, you can do most of your research online. But really, you should mark your calendar and visit a college fair.
High school students in New Jersey have three to chose from during the last week of April:
April 24th @Mercer County Community College 6-8PM
April 25th @Meadowlands in Secaucus 9AM-12 and 5-8PM
April 26th @Brookdale Community College 6:30-8:30PM
Or check out www.nacacfairs.org to find college fairs around the country
Why attend a College Fair?
It's a perfect opportunity for high school students and their parents to meet one on one with multiple college admissions representatives in one location.
Students can learn more about the colleges from counselors and faculty who attend the fair. They can ask questions about majors, class size, course offerings, campus life, and athletics. They can talk with admissions counselors about grades, GPA, standardized test scores and the all important college application essay requirements.
Students can narrow their list of prospective colleges, saving valuable time and resources.
What to bring?
Students should bring their list of schools.
They should bring printed labels with their name and address to leave with admissions counselors.
They should bring a positive attitude and be prepared to use the opportunity to network with admissions counselors at their "A" list schools.
When it's over?
Send a written thank you note to counselors at schools to which they plan to apply.
Juniors should start thinking about SAT/ACT prep courses, and definitely start thinking about essay ideas.
As a mother of three, I am all too familiar with the challenges my children face when tackling a writing assignment.