Students & Parents

A college fair can be overwhelming when you first get started; however, here we have provided some tips to assist you in making the most of your time:

  • Be sure to bring a pen or mailing labels with your name, mailing address, phone number, high school and graduation year pre-printed on them to save time and for accuracy.
  • Ask for brochures from those colleges that interest you most.  Include some colleges whose names are relatively new to you or those suggested to you by your college counselor.

Questions to Ask

  • When must I select a major?
  • What are the five strongest or most popular majors at your institution?
  • What types of internships/co-op experiences are available?
  • What type of high school background are you looking for in your applicants?
  • Are there programs for study abroad?
  • What types of extracurricular activities are there on campus?
  • How can I arrange a campus visit?  Are there any visitation programs coming up soon?
  • What are the application deadlines for admission and financial aid?
  • Do you accept Advanced Placement and/or IB test credit?
  • What percentage of a typical freshman class will actually graduate from your college?
  • What is the average high school grade point average of the entering freshman class?
  • What is the average grade point average after freshman year?
  • How does your institution place students in their freshman classes?
  • How do you assign faculty advisors to students, especially those who are undecided about their majors?
  • What additional academic services do you offer to students (tutoring, career counseling, study skills workshops, etc.)?
  • Does your school have an honor code? If so, how effective is your institution’s honor code?
  • What is the penalty for cheating?
  • How many students reside on campus?
  • What percentage of the total student body is residential/commuter?
  • Is your school labeled a “suitcase college,” where students go home on the weekends?
  • How are roommates selected?
  • How safe is your school? Where can I obtain statistics about crimes on your campus?