College fairs give you a chance to get information from a large number of colleges and to meet college admissions representatives. Some fairs feature a wide variety of colleges such as regional and national fairs, while others focus on certain types of colleges such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), military colleges or colleges with strong athletics programs.
To make the most of a college fair, prepare before you go. Think about what’s important to you. Do you want a big college or a small college? Do you care about the makeup of the student body? Do you already have a college major in mind?
If you are a freshman or sophomore, you may just want to wander a bit and see all the possibilities. If you are a junior, focus on colleges where you might apply. If you are a senior, use the college fair to make connections at schools where you are applying.
Below is a video slide show from a recent college fair, we think it provides a nice visual guide to what happens at a typical college fair.
College fairs, catalogs, virtual tours, and websites are excellent resources for learning about college culture and requirements. A college visit will augment your knowledge base and provide an opportunity for you to immerse yourself in campus culture. Visiting will help you determine if the school or the type of school is the right fit.
Here are some campus visit options:
College catalogs, virtual tours, and websites are great resources for learning about a college, but seeing a college for yourself can be the best way to determine if a school is right for you. Included here are a few steps for planning a successful campus visit on your own.
Also, remember to call ahead because tours, interviews, and overnight stays may fill up early.
Within Chicago (accessible by CTA):
Loyola University of Chicago, Kendall College, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago, The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, The John Marshall Law School, U of I at Chicago, University of Chicago, St. Xavier University, Robert Morris University-Illinois, Northeastern Illinois University, National-Louis University, Roosevelt University, Rush University, School of the Art Inst. Chicago, Chicago State University, Richard J. Daley College, Wilbur Wright College, East-West University, Ellis University, Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Malcolm X College, Kennedy-King College, Harry S Truman College, Harold Washington College, Olive-Harvey College, Northwestern University
Within Illinois (within three hour drive):
Aurora University, Fox College, Illinois Wesleyan University, Olivet Nazarene University, Morton College, Northern Illinois University, Elmhurst College, Knox College, Carl Sandburg College, Lake Forest College, University of St. Francis, Illinois State University, Concordia University, Triton College, Augustana College, Lewis University, U of I at Urbana/Champaign, Wheaton College