How to get the most out of the National College Fair


Workshops on a variety of pertinent subjects are a highlight of the annual College Fair sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. The following is a schedule of what will be offered at Navy Pier.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
"Tips and Tools for Navigating the Fair," Room 313

Noon-12:45 p.m.
"Community College: Taking the First Step in Your Education," Room 304

Noon-12:45 p.m.
"Supporting Your Application with Effective Essays and Letters of Recommendations," Room 306

Noon-12:45, 2-2:45 p.m.
"Finding Your Fit: Choosing the Right College for You," Room 307

Noon-12:45, 2-2:45 p.m.
"La Búsqueda y Selección de la Universidad, y Opciones para Pagarla (The College Search and Selection Process, and Options to Pay for It)" in Spanish, Room 314

12:15-1, 1:30-2:15 p.m.
"Conquering the Challenges of College Costs," Room 308

1-1:45 p.m.
"Applying to the Public Universities of Illinois," Room 305

1-1:45, 2-2:45 p.m.
"Tackling the Test - Preparing for the ACT & SAT," Room 309

1-1:45 p.m.
"DREAMers Pathway to College," access for special populations, Room 314

1-1:45 p.m.
"What's Next Illinois," the state's free online college planning tool, Room 315

2-2:45 p.m.
"Applying to Highly Selective Colleges," Room 303

Discuss your college plans with your guidance counselor, family, teachers and friends. Research your colleges of interest on the Internet and in your guidance office/library. Check dates and registration deadlines for college entrance examinations. Preregister at before heading to the fair.

Before the fair

• Answer the following questions to help determine what kind of school would be best for you:

• Do you want to attend a two- or four-year institution? Co-ed or single sex?

• What size school do you want to attend?

• What programs of study are you considering?

• How far from home do you want to go?

• Do you wish to participate in any specific extracurricular activities or athletics?

• Do you want to attend a school in an urban, suburban or rural environment?

• Do you require any special services (i.e., tutoring, note takers, readers, TDD or interpreters)?

At the fair

• Pick up a bag and a fair directory.

• Visit with colleges and universities that you believe meet your criteria.

• Talk with a college counselor at the counseling center if you have any questions or need help with your college search.

• Attend a workshop.