Many high schools offer their own college fairs in the spring, and it is a good idea for any student conducting a college search to attend. However, if your high school does not have a spring college fair, or if you want access to a wider range of schools, two organizations host college fairs throughout the country that are free and open to the public.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is hosting college fairs this spring in over 30 cities and metropolitan areas of the United States. There is probably one close to you this season.
In addition to providing access to hundreds of colleges, NACAC college fairs also offer helpful workshops throughout the day on several topics, including applying for financial aid and the differences between applying to public and private colleges.
While you do not have to register in advance, it is strongly recommended that you do. Click here for registration information.
The Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) consortium is hosting college fairs in 22 cities this spring. CTCL is an organization of 40 small colleges that offer particularly unique, engaging, and transformative college experiences.
CTCL college events include a 30 minute panel presentation on the college search, followed by an hour-long college fair. In some cities, CTCL is holding programs on two separate dates. The schedule of events for each is the same, so only plan to attend one. Pre-registration is not required. For more details about the CTCL college fairs, you can visit the event website.
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