Tips to Review Before Attending the Fair
Tips for attending the BHHS College Connections Fair
In order to get the most out of your experience at the College Connections Fair, find time to review the following before you attend. There are sample questions in Section 3.
1. Answer the following questions to help you determine what kind of school would best suit you:
- Do you want to attend a four-year school? A community college? Not sure?
- What size school would you like to attend?
- What programs of study are you considering?
- How far from home do you want to be?
- Do you wish to participate in any specific extra-curricular activities or athletics?
- Do you want to attend a school in an urban, suburban, or rural environment?
- Do you require any special services?
- Do you have a passion in an area of art (photography, film, theater arts, music, animation, etc.) for which you should or could be compiling a portfolio? A portfolio can be required for admission into various art programs or as an optional submission to provide admissions reps information about you, your talents, and how you have been spending your time. This is something that you can ask the schools attending the fair.
2. Discuss your college plans with school, family, teachers, and friends and research your colleges of interest on the Internet.
It is really great if, before you come, you can pinpoint a few specific programs or majors that the visiting schools might offer. This info will be the perfect way to engage in a good discussion with the college reps or alumni.
3. Sample questions to consider asking college representatives:
- What is the average class size in the lower and upper divisions?
- What is the student/faculty ratio? What degree of training do the professors hold?
- What are the five most popular majors on campus and why?
- What are the most important factors in your college/university admission decisions?
- What is the average graduation rate?
- What is your college or university best known for in the community?
- Do you accept Advanced Placement (AP) Exams for credit at your school?
- Does your college or university accept transfer students from either a community college or another college or university?
- What is the profile of students most recently accepted for the incoming freshman class? Average GPA, SAT and ACT test scores? Are Subject Tests required; if so, how many are necessary? Do certain majors require Subject Tests?
- What percentage of students do you accept Early Decision (if you have that program)?
- What was the acceptance rate for the last incoming class?
- What is the total cost for tuition, room and board?
- What type of housing do you have for freshman/upper classmen? Are freshman required to live on campus?
- Can a student living on campus have a car?
- What meal plan options do you have?
- What clubs and organizations are offered at your college or university?
- Do you have fraternities and sororities?
- What sports programs are offered and what division sports are played at your institution? Are there “club” sports that all students can join?
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Rowley in August.
Also refer to the College Fair Checklist as well as other helpful resources from The College Board's BigFuture site.