Second Annual College Fair is October 5

Juniors and seniors are invited to attend the Guidance Department’s Second Annual College Fair, 1-3 p.m. October 5 in the GHS gym. Take this opportunity to begin or expand your college search. Speak with college representatives and ask questions about majors, housing and activities.

Attending colleges and universities will include:

  • Berkeley College
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Johnson and Wales University
  • Manhattan College
  • Marywood University
  • Mount St. Mary College
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Seton Hall University
  • SUNY Albany
  • United States Marine Corps
  • University of New England
  • And much more!

For a complete list, visit your guidance counselor.

Tips for attending a college fair

Be prepared when you attend any college fair. You will not be able to visit every college that is represented, so give some thought as to how to use your time before you get there.

Things to consider before college fair

Where will you be continuing your education after high school? The answers to these questions will help you to narrow down the list of colleges that you are considering.

  • Do you want to attend a large university or a small college?
  • Do you want to attend a large university or a small college?
  • What Program of study do you want to pursue?
  • How far from home do you want to go?
  • Are there any sports or other activities in which you want to participate?
  • Do you want a college in an urban, suburban or rural environment?
  • Are there special services (tutoring, readers) that you require?

Things to do before college fair

  • Make an appointment with your counselor to discuss your plans.
  • Make an appointment with your counselor to discuss your plans.
  • Use the resources in the guidance office or library to learn more about colleges.
  • Discuss your plans for college with your parents, teachers and friends.
  • Check on dates and registration for college entrance exams.

Things to do at college fair

  • Pick up a program that lists all the colleges and their table locations.
  • Try not to take brochures from every college, just the ones in which you are interested.

Questions to ask college representatives

  • What are the five strongest majors at your institution?
  • When must I choose a major?
  • What types of internship/co-op experiences are available?
  • Are there programs for study abroad?
  • What types of high school background are you looking for in applicants?
  • What types of extra-curricular activities are there on campus?
  • How can I arrange a campus visit?
  • Are there any special visitation days on your campus coming up?
  • What are the application deadlines for admission and financial aid?
  • Do you accept Advanced Placement test credit?
  • What percentage of typical freshman class will actually graduate from your college?
  • How many of last year’s freshman returned for their sophomore year?
  • What percentage of the freshman class earned better than a 2.0 GPA last year?
  • What is the average high school GPA of the entering freshman class, and what is their average GPA 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)?
  • How effective is your institution’s honor code? What is the penalty for cheating?
  • What is the average age of your student body?
  • How many students reside on campus?
  • What percentage of the total student body is residential/commuter?
  • Is yours a “suitcase college”where students go home on the weekends?
  • How are roommates selected?
  • What are some of the causes of students being suspended or dismissed from your institution? ls there an appeals system?
  • How safe is your school? Where can I obtain statistics about crimes on your campus?
  • What kind of financial aid packages do you offer?
  • What percentage of students receives financial aid from your school?
  • What local attractions are there?