College admissions representatives frequently travel to locations across the country, and around the world, to provide interested students and their parents an opportunity to learn more about their school.
Many colleges and universities host off-campus information sessions in the spring, summer, and fall months in major metropolitan, and less populated, areas. Representatives from Offices of Undergraduate Admission typically provide attendees with an overview of the institution, admission procedures, and financial aid. Usually time is allowed for questions at the end of the session.
Keep your eyes open for college presentations, fairs and information sessions in your area. Your school’s college guidance office may post them on a bulletin board and/or on your school’s website. If your high school does not post a comprehensive list, you may want to “surf the web” to see if see if you can find additional information posted by other high schools in your area.
When you explore the admissions sections of college / university websites you’ll often see a list of events, often organized by state. (Example: Stanford http://www.stanford.edu/dept/uga/basics/areas) Also, may also receive invitations directly from colleges after requesting information or joining a college’s mailing list.
Some events are hosted by a group of colleges and universities. It is not unusual for admission officers to travel throughout the country with representatives from other universities and to host joint information sessions.
For example, Northwestern partners with Dartmouth College, Princeton University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Vanderbilt University as part of the Coast to Coast College Tour (http://www.coasttocoasttour.org).
At each of these joint travel events, representatives provide a brief overview of their institution, general information on admission and financial aid policies and process, and also offer students and their parents the opportunity to speak informally with admission representatives.
Other joint travel events include: Big Ten College Tour; Exploring Educational Excellence (http://exploringeducationalexcellence.org – Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell and Rice); and Exploring College Options (http://www.exploringcollegeoptions.org – Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford.
When you find events that appeal to you, sign up as early as possible. Many of the more popular sessions have limited seating and tend to fill up quickly.