College Fairs are a great opportunity to expose yourself to a wide array of college options. It is an opportunity for you to collect college material, talk with college representatives and complete inquiry cards to notify the school of your interest and allow them to keep you up to-date on information about their institution!
Don’t get overwhelmed!! At college fairs, you can have over 20+ different schools attend. They will have tables set up to display information about their institution and why you should choose their school. Can you imagine talking to every school? By the time you reach your 3rd school, all the information starts to run together, so it is important to try and do a little research before attending and compile a list of questions that you can ask the college representative. If you have already done some research, the obvious you will know, so compile a list of things that you weren’t able to quickly find in your research!
RESEARCH?? Yes, I know high school students already have enough of this due to classes, but this will be fun research (you know, the kind that prepares you for the next step in your life and the possibility of moving out of your parents home!). Talk with your guidance counselor about what colleges will be attending the fair and try to find at least 3-5 schools that you are really interested in; those are the schools that you want to be sure to talk too! Typically, college fairs will last about 1-2 hours, but if they are held at your high school, you may only be allotted just a few minutes, so that other classes may attend. So….start with those 3-5 schools that you are very interested in, and if you have time left over, have a list of some schools that you may consider and would like more information on. Those will be the ones that you can quickly skim the tables and pick up material and possibly fill out an inquiry card, so they can follow up with you!
Inquiry Cards!! Why should I fill these out? A lot of times college representatives may not have the opportunity to answer all of your questions or provide you with all the information that you may like. You may not realize it, but college fairs can be overwhelming for us too! We typically get the same questions and we become robots repeating ourselves. Don’t get us wrong, we love what we do and do not mind this AT ALL; however, we tend to forget if we have already shared something with you or if it was the previous student. But what if I get tired of getting information from the school? If you fill out an inquiry card, you will get put on the college’s mailing list, so yes, you will get lots of information, but, at any time you no longer are interested in that school and do not want any more propaganda, just give the institution a call and let them know that you would like to be removed from their mailing list. You will not offend the institutions or college representatives; we understand that our schools are not for everyone…if it were, we would have a problem! But my hand will get tired after filling out so many cards! This can very well happen. In some cases, I have seen students come in with a labels filled out with their information so they can simple stick that to the inquiry card or they have already completed their information on an index card. This is a GREAT idea.
If you are interested in doing this, here are a few key items that the colleges will need:
■Date of Birth
■Phone # and/or Cell #
■List any Majors/Sports you are interested in
I would love to help you in your college search and meet you at a college fair. I have listed my travel schedule below for you, so if I am in your area, be sure to come by and say hi! If not, just give me a call or email me and I will be glad to answer any questions that you have about Gardner-Webb or schedule a visit for you to our University!
KP’s Fall Travel:
1-Oct 9:00-11:00am Carson-Newman, Student Activities Center Jefferson City TN
1-Oct 2:00-3:30pm Webb School of Knoxville Knoxville TN
1-Oct 6:00-8:00pm Oak Ridge High school Oak Ridge TN
2-Oct 9:00-1:00pm Expo Center Knoxville TN
2-Oct 6:00-8:00pm Hardin Valley Academy Knoxville TN
3-Oct 10:10-10:25am Christian Academy of Knoxville Knoxville TN
3-Oct 1:00-2:30pm Knoxville Catholic High School Knoxville TN
4-Oct 8:30-11:00am Pigeon Forge High School Pigeon Forge TN
8-Oct 9:00-11:30am TD Convention Center Greenville SC
8-Oct 6:00-8:00pm TC Convention Center Greenville SC
9-Oct 9:00-11:30am TC Convention Center Greenville SC
9-Oct 6:00-8:00pm Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium Spartanburg SC
10-Oct 9:00am-12:00pm Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium Spartanburg SC
10-Oct 1:45-2:30pm Woodruff High School Woodruff SC
11-Oct 8:30-9:15am Gaffney High School Gaffney SC
11-Oct 10:15-11:00am Union High School Union SC
11-Oct 6:00-8:00pm Winthrop University; McBryde Hall Rock Hill SC
12-Oct 9:00am-12:00pm Winthrop University; McBryde Hall Rock Hill SC
29-Oct 10:00am-1:00pm Hardin Valley Campus Knoxville TN
30-Oct 10:00am-1:00pm Magnolia Avenue Site Campus Knoxville TN
31-Oct 10:00am-1:00pm Blount County Campus Knoxville TN
Good Luck in your college search,