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September 9, 2019
Maine Township High School District 207's College Fair

Mark your calendars to attend Township High School District 207’s College Fair this Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 PM at Maine West High School.  This annual event brings 180 College Admission Representatives right to you.  Students and families will get to meet reps from across the country and even some international universities, ask questions, and get answers directly from the experts. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to explore post-high school options!

 

Please pre-register for the fair at www.strivefair.com to get a barcode to show to colleges who will scan it to send you more information about their schools.  It’s free and saves you time and hassle by not having to register at the door!

 

Click here for a list of attending colleges and check out the reasons below to see why you should attend!

 

Why Am I Here?. . .

10 Reasons Why Attending a College Fair Is a Good Idea

  1. In-person research

College fairs are an excellent opportunity to do some in-person research. You will get immediate feedback to your questions and the schools will start “to come alive” for you as you talk with the admission and/or alumni reps at each booth.

 

  1. Convenience

College Fairs give you the opportunity to visit a large number of schools all under one roof.

 

  1. Explore new options

You may discover a new college(s) that isn’t on your radar (or list).

 

  1. Free advice

Admission representatives are often referred to as admission counselors; go ahead – ask them any question you may have.  Perhaps you are wondering if you should take that AP class that you’re unsure about.  Ask them their opinion.

 

  1. Narrow your list

You are able to identify which schools you are likely to make the commitment to go visit in person.  It’s also possible that you may delete some schools from your list after learning they may not have your major, clubs of interst, etc. 

 

  1. Demonstrate Interest

Colleges want to know that they are wanted. Many keep track of student contact – attendance at high school visit sessions, College Fairs, and campus visits are all key contacts to make that will show the colleges you are serious about wanting to attend.

 

  1. Find out about special tuition discounts/merit scholarships 

Some colleges offer special tuition discounts to Illinois residents who meet certain criteria.  These are typically less-selective out-of-state public and private schools.  Merit scholarship opportunities can also be explored when speaking to the reps.  Ask for specific hand-outs regarding these programs (if applicable).

 

  1. Attend special information sessions

The District 207 College Night will feature a separate info session on Financial Aid.

 

  1. Practice your interview skills

Talking to college admission reps will help you when it comes time to interview.  You will need to think of what questions you want to ask and then think “quick on your feet” to any questions asked of you in return.

 

  1. Great preparation for the campus visit

If you can survive the College Fair – which is loud and chaotic – the campus visit will be a piece of cake.  You’ll also already have practice for what questions to ask and have an initial feel for the college before you even step foot on campus.