How Do You Visit Colleges Without Leaving Home?

Thanks to NACAC Virtual College Fairs for their sponsorship of this post. The opinions are our own.

High school students who want to visit colleges for tours or information sessions aren’t able to do that at many colleges where visits have been curtailed. Fortunately, NACAC (The National Association for College Admission Counseling) has a solution. They’ve scheduled a series of Virtual College Fairs this spring that ALL students can attend, for FREE, without leaving home.

Visiting a NACAC Virtual College Fair is a great way to learn about colleges. (Twenty20 @NatalyaBodrova)

Here is the calendar for the upcoming fairs and information on where to sign up:

NACAC Virtual College Fairs

Here is where you and your teen can learn more about and register for the FREE NACAC Virtual College Fairs. Dates are as follows:

  • Feb 28 — Sunday, 1-7 pm ET — 600 exhibitors
  • March 7 — Sunday, 1-5 pm ET — STEM — 250 exhibitors
  • March 16 — Tuesday, 4-8 pm ET — Performing and Visual Arts — 200 exhibitors
  • March 21 — Sunday, 1-7 pm ET — 600 exhibitors
  • April 10 — Saturday, 3-7 pm ET — Western US — 400 exhibitors for students living in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington
  • April 20 — Tuesday, 3-7 pm ET — Southeastern US — 400 exhibitors for students living in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
  • May 2 — Sunday, 1-7 pm ET — 600 exhibitors 

Visiting with college representatives at one of these virtual college fairs is an excellent, easy and free way to demonstrate interest in a school, something that many colleges want to see in an applicant. The colleges are notified when a student has visited their page at or chatted with them. It is recorded and demonstrates their interest in applying.

Students also have an opportunity to set up a chat with an admissions representative, making it even easier to ask questions and get answers that are specific to their needs and interests.

Register for the FREE NACAC Virtual College Fairs

About the STEM and Performing and Visual Arts Virtual College Fairs

About the STEM and Performing and Visual Arts Fairs

Both the STEM fair and the PVA fair will offer special workshops and a tip sheet. 

  • STEM Fair
    • NACAC workshops available at this fair (topics and titles finalized soon):
      • Building Your Identity in STEM Education: Learn the Obstacles Underrepresented Students in STEM Face
      • Bridging Entrepreneurship/Experiential Learning and Engineering
      • Does Size Matter? STEM Education at Small, Medium, and Large Schools
      • Exploring the Fields of Engineering
      • Applying for Financial Aid with a Focus on STEM Scholarships
    • Tips for STEM students
  • PVA Fair – check back for more information

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