Attending a college fair should be a priority on your college search list. You get to meet with recruiters from colleges near and far. You can also get information you may not find be able to find online.

When I’ve gone to career fairs I’ve seen students make one major mistake. They go into the career fair and become a deer in the headlights. They don’t know what to do or what to ask, so they go from table to table. Listening to everyone’s recruiting speech and getting the brochures and free swag. They may ask one or two questions. However, when the fair is over they can’t remember who said what and have a lot of reading to do.

The best way to ensure you don’t make this mistake is to be prepared. The list of colleges at the fair will be posted online. Look the list beforehand and pick the colleges you want to talk to. Also come up with a list of questions to ask each college. The questions should not be about things you could easily look online like cost of tuition or does the school offers your major. (Those things should be looked up earlier.) The questions should be able characteristics of the school you care about?

Here are some examples of questions you should be asking.

  • I’m interested in shadowing a student. Who do I need to get in contact with to set that up?
  • How big is the average class size?
  • How long does it take to walk across campus?
  • How many students attend the college?
  • Are there jobs on campus available to students?
  • How successful is career services at connecting students with internships and jobs?
  • Can freshmen have cars at the school?
  • Do freshman have to live on campus?