6 Tips for Navigating the Brown Pre-College College Fair

Each year, along with all the unique and engaging courses, campus life and exciting extracurricular activities offered, Brown Pre-College Programs also host a College Fair that brings representatives from more than 100 universities, colleges and conservatories to campus to meet with students.

Meehan Auditorium.

This year’s fair – the 29th annual! – takes place Thursday, July 11, 2019, in Meehan Auditorium. Free and open to the public, doors open at 6 p.m. for Brown Pre-College students with an ID and at 7 p.m. for students and parents from the local community. The fair ends at 8:30 p.m.

More information about the College Fair can be found here.

Thinking about attending? Here are some tips for making the most of your time at the College Fair.

1. Research the list of colleges that will be in attendance.

The list of colleges attending the fair can be found on the Brown Pre-College website. The colleges are listed in alphabetical order and you’ll be given a map to help you find them when you arrive. Make a list of the top five you absolutely don’t want to miss so you can be sure to get the information you want and aren’t wasting valuable time when you get there.

2. Figure out what you want in a school.

Before the fair, ask yourself the following to help you narrow down what you’re looking for:

Do I want to attend a large, medium, or small school?

What major(s) do I wish to study?

Do I want to attend an urban, suburban, or rural school?

Do I want to attend a two-year, four-year, single-sex, or religiously-affiliated school?

Do I want to participate in athletics, clubs, fraternities, sororities, or special programs such as study abroad or cooperative education?

3. Be conscious of your email address

Make sure the email address you plan to give out won’t embarrass you. Remember: College admission officers will see it.

4. Make a good first impression

Be conscious of how you present yourself to the college representatives you meet. That means turn your cell phone off, introduce yourself, make eye contact and avoid one-word answers.

5. Take notes while your memory is fresh.

You’ll likely be talking to several college representatives. Don’t rely on your memory to keep track of what information came from which school. Instead, take notes during each conversation. Not only will it help you remember important points, but it will show representatives that you’re engaged and interested in what they have to say.

6. Come prepared.

Bring a pen and notebook with you to take notes. A bag will be provided to collect and carry any informational materials you pick up.

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