Students, Families, and School Counselors Preparing for the Fair

So you're thinking about life after high school or maybe changing your career and want to learn about post-secondary options? Well, Wisconsin Education Fairs provide you with a convenient way to get information about these options in a college fair setting. College Fairs are a great opportunity to meet with representatives from many different universities, colleges, military and trade schools. It's the face to face contact that helps you make the decision of where you want to go after high school. We've provided you with some tips and great links to make the most out of your college fair experience. Check out the Fall Fair Schedule for the event nearest you. Remember, WEFs are always open to the public and better yet, they are FREE! High School Counselors, check out the new Suggestions for high school counselors from high school counselors.

Remember to make sure to register at BEFORE you come to the WEF. It is important to print off the barcode and bring this with you to the fair. 

Cost: It's Free!

Attire: Just be yourself. Remember, however, that those representatives behind the table could also be the ones reviewing your application. How you dress and how you act is a direct reflection of what they may think of you.

What to bring: You (and it is also great to bring parents too)! Remember to make sure to register at BEFORE you come to the WEF. It is important to print off the barcode and bring this with you to the fair. You may also want to bring a pen or pencil to fill out information cards or even a note pad to collect answers to your questions.

What you'll get: Upon entering a college fair, you will typically receive a plastic bag to fill full of materials and information about colleges, universities, military, trade schools, etc. You'll also receive a program that indicates location of schools that you may know or ones you wish to know better. We want you to go away with a bag full of knowledge rather than just baubles and fun stuff, so trinkets are not allowed to be given away.

What do I do: You'll want to roam around the fair and pick up materials and information and ask some good questions. Don't know where to start? We've created a list of Questions to Consider before coming to the fair. Sit down with friends, family or your school counselor before you attend to help you decide what questions might be the most important to ask. Remember though, you don't need to ask a college representative all of the listed questions.

What do I do after the fair: Go through your pile of materials and continue to explore your options. We've provided you with a list of links below that may help you in your continuing quest for that next step after high school or that new step into a different career. We wish you the best of luck and look forward to seeing you at a college fair soon!

General/Planning Links:

WEF Suggestions for High School Counselors from High School Counselors (.pdf)

WEF Questions to Consider

Searching for School Links:

Wisconsin's Technical Colleges

Wisconsin's UW System

Wisconsin's Private Colleges 

Financial Aid/Scholarship Links:

Testing Links: (SAT)