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College Fairs

A college fair is a gathering of many colleges in one place, each with its own table of resource materials and representatives to provide information and answer questions about the college.  Several fairs are held in the Bay Area during the year.


NACAC College Fair


The National Association for College Admissions Counseling holds free colleges fairs throughout the country.  The San Francisco Fair is usually held in mid-April.   More information and schedules.


NACAC Performing & Visual Arts College Fair


NACAC also holds a free college fair for performing and visual arts colleges.  The San Francisco Fair is usually held in mid-October.   Current schedules.




The Western Association for College Admission Counseling also holds a free college fair.  The Bay Area fairs are usually about a week before or after the NACAC fair in April.  The WACAC fair often has more ‘big name’ schools than does the NACAC fair.  Check here for current schedules and some tips for making the most of a college fair.


Colleges that Change Lives (CTCL)


Every summer, usually in late July, the Colleges that Change Lives organization holds a free event in the Bay Area.  It starts with a half-hour presentation based on topics from the book aimed at making your college search one that ends up by finding colleges that are the best fit for you.  After the presentation, there is a college fair with representatives from the colleges featured in the book.  Learn more and see the current schedule.


Northern California Catholic College Fairs


Some years the six Catholic Diocese of Northern California have held free college fairs for all prospective college students and their families.  The fairs are generally held in late September or early October.  The fair will be announced in the school bulletins if it is scheduled.


Other opportunities to meet college representatives


College admissions representatives often travel the country making presentations to families of prospective students.  Sometimes they join up in groups of four or five colleges.  These presentations are often held in hotel meeting rooms in the evening or on weekends.  Check the VICCI Center calendar for these presentations.