Guide to a Successful College Fair Experience: Student Approach, Part 1 of 2
Football and pumpkin spice lattes may be the most popular staples of the fall season, but college fairs might just be the most important for universities and high school students alike! In the increasingly competitive world of college admissions, these fairs are an excellent opportunity for any college bound student.
“College fairs represent a low-risk, high-return experience for students,” shared Rebekah Radney, Director of College Advising at Legacy Christian Academy, “most fairs include dozens of diverse colleges, so students can quickly and easily learn and interact with a variety of schools. At the same time, underclassmen learn to network in a virtually risk-free environment, while upperclassmen have the opportunity to create a great first or second impression with the people who will likely review their application!”
Legacy’s annual college fair will be held on Thursday, August 31st from 6:30 until 8:00 pm in the Upper School commons. Over 65 colleges from around the country will be in attendance, ready to meet each student. The college fair is open to all students in grades 8-12.
For each grade, the college fair presents different opportunities:
- Eighth Graders: Not only is this great exposure to start learning about different colleges and what they offer students, but it is a great opportunity to network with adults in a safe and friendly environment.
- Freshmen & Sophomores: A great goal for these students would be to begin honing their lists of interests and career opportunities. Additionally, they should begin to pay attention to admissions requirements and ensure that their own personal and academic goals align accordingly.
- Juniors: As the admissions process truly begins this year, these students will want to focus in on specifics, both colleges and entrance requirements. The fair is a great opportunity to identify which schools are (and are not) serious contenders for their attention.
- Seniors: For the Class of 2018, these representatives are your admissions agents! This is your opportunity to have face-to-face conversation and make personal impression with the person who will read your application. Be sure to ask specific questions about their application and inquire out about scholarships.
As the college admissions landscape continues to evolve, college fairs still represent an excellent opportunity for students to gather information and leave a valuable impression regardless of their grade-level! In Part 2 of A Successful College Fair Experience, a five step plan of action will provide students with concrete steps to ensure successful interactions.
Legacy Christian Academy is Frisco's only Pre-K through 12 Christian school committed to educating students in a college preparatory environment balanced in academics, athletics, and fine arts--all within the context of a biblical worldview. For more information on Legacy, visit our admissions page.
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