One way for students to gather lots of information about colleges near and far is to attend a college fair. There are a number of fairs scheduled in upcoming months, and with different characteristics. Choose a college fair that will be comfortable for you to attend and learn more about colleges by visiting with admissions representatives. This is an especially good time for juniors to gather information but interested sophomores may want to attend as well.
Apr. 26 - Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling (PNACAC) Portland Spring College Fair - A spring fair is held at the University of Portland on Apr. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This fair is smaller and less noisy and congested than the fall college fair held at the convention center, but it is still a place where you can find out about a large number of colleges. PNACAC College Fairs are FREE to students and families and we recommend juniors and interested sophomores consider attending. Students attending should register by clicking here and filling out a quick form on their phone or computer. (This can be done in advance or at the door). When they sign up, StriveScan sends them a barcode via text message and email. At the college fair, students present this barcode to college representatives when they are interested in receiving more information about that college. The next day, students receive an email with a report of all of the colleges and representatives they met, along with their contact information and social media profiles.
Apr. 27 - (evening at St. Mary’s) Case Studies Night College Fair - Students and parents attending Case Studies Night will have the opportunity to work in groups with college admissions officers to participate in an admissions committee simulation, choosing from three applications which student to admit to a fictitious university. After the simulation, there will be small college fair where participants can meet with representatives of ~20 assorted real universities to hear more about the schools.
May 27 - (lunchtime at St. Mary’s) Jesuit Excellence Tour (JET) - The JET fair is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Jesuit colleges and connect with admissions representatives not only from familiar schools like Gonzaga, Santa Clara, USF, and Seattle University, but also with schools you may not know as much about, like Creighton University in Omaha, Regis in Denver, Marquette in Milwaukie and Rockhurst in Kansas City. These schools represent strong choices and often good values.
July 29 - (7 p.m. at Portland Convention Center) Colleges That Change Lives Fair - Although July feels distant, this event, that includes a presentation and college fair, is a great opportunity to learn about the qualities that distinguish schools that have been singled out by this organization as providing an especially beneficial educational experience. These schools, mostly small liberal arts colleges, represent quality post-secondary educational experiences that help students grow and develop a lifelong love of learning.
The college counselors will send out tips for navigating college fairs prior to the PNACAC Spring Fair and are happy to speak with students or parents about fairs and which might be right for a student.