Tips for Attending A Virtual College Fair

It is the time of year where student’s all over the world are getting serious about college admissions. For Juniors specifically, it’s time to start digging into researching colleges that may (or may not) be a fit for you!  

Mark your calendars for the amazing opportunity to attend Virtual College Fairs.

Upcoming:

Information Guide for College Fair Information around the Nation
Search for locations, dates, times, workshops and attending colleges and universities – HERE

 

NACAC Upcoming College Fair dates! 
More information HERE!

VERTO Education’s Virtual College Fair: featuring 50+ Colleges and Universities 

February 10, 2021 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. PST 

MORE INFORMATION HERE (only 5,000 spots available) 

“Meet with college admissions counselors from top colleges and universities, converse with current college students about their experiences, attend college readiness workshops, and hear from our keynote speaker, Money Magazine’s Higher Education Editor, Kaitlin Mulhere!” 

The following schools will be represented:

Tips for Attending A Virtual College Fair 

PREPARING: 

  • Register for the college fair ahead of time and make a list of the colleges and universities present. Note the schools that are of the most interest to you. 
  • What kind of school will meet your needs? Big or small? Public or private? Special programs or majors? Proximity to home? These are all questions to narrow down before the event. 
  • Tech Check! Ensure everything you need to attend the fair is in stable and working order BEFORE the event begins. 
  • Show your best self. Even though the event is virtual, you still want to look professional and presentable (this means your background, too!). You never know who you could meet. 
  • Invite your parents. You never know what questions they will think of that you never thought to ask! 

DURING: 

    • Keep an open mind! While you may have a schedule you would like to stick to, feel free to alter that list if something intriguing presents itself.  
    • Have a list of questions. HOWEVER, do not waste time asking general questions, be SPECIFIC.
  • Do not ask, “Is your nursing program good?” “That’s not a good question because it gets you nowhere … no one is going to tell you that their program is terrible or that it is struggling,” Kaan said. “If you’re interested in a specific program, like nursing, ask college reps what sets their program apart from other colleges, or ask them to compare their nursing program with one at another college that you’re considering.”
  • Be active in the chat! Since the event is virtual, there are not as many opportunities to make a lasting impression. Therefore, make the presenter remember you by participating when you can. 
  • TAKE NOTES!!! These will be crucial to review later and add on as you narrow your search and learn more information.
  • Gather any contact information from the representatives of schools you are interested in. These may come in handy! 

AFTER: 

  • FOLLOW UP. I cannot stress the importance of following up with the admissions reps you meet. 
  • Ask for a copy of the presentation. Most representatives will send it to you, and it can be a great resource to reference later on. 
  • Check out the websites and virtual campus tours of the schools you are interested in. Research on your own. 
  • Find ways to connect with the colleges on social media. Staying on top of social media can be a great way to see if you find a connection to the promoted college community and to show “demonstrated interest.” 
  • If you have further questions, reach out to the admissions representative(s) you met at the fair. 

Many ideas from this blog post were adapted from various online sources cited below: 

https://www.virtualcollegecounselors.com/post/tips-to-navigate-virtual-college-fairs 

https://www.fontbonne.edu/9-tips-for-attending-a-virtual-college-fair/ 

https://www.commonapp.org/blog/three-steps-making-most-virtual-college-fair 

https://vertoeducation.org/college-fair/ 

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