Plan to spend an exciting day at the 2017 SERF College Fair!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Lincoln Sudbury High School

390 Lincoln Rd.

Sudbury, MA  01776


Schedule of Events

Exhibit Hall of Colleges: 1:00- 3:00 P.M.
Informational Seminars: 12:00-3:00 P.M.
Closing Keynote Address: 3:00-4:00 P.M.

Plan ahead to get the most out of all that the SERF College Fair has to offer:

  • Keep checking this website for updated listings of the more than 100 Colleges and Gap Year programs that will be in attendance.
  • Students, be sure to make of list of the schools you want to visit with, but leave time for investigating others.
  • Parents, review the times and listings of the seminars offered concurrently with the College Fair (preview below).
  • Students and parents, plan on staying to listen to our keynote speaker.




Seminars will be held between 12:00pm and 4:00pm on a variety of great topics.  There are multiple options for the 1:00 pm and 2:00pm time slots.  Please read on for more information on our exciting offerings and on our Keynote address.

Special Pre-Fair Seminar for LSRHS Junior Families

12:00 – 1:00 pm


Naviance 101: An Introduction for LSRHS Students & ParentsAuditorium

            LSRHS Counseling Department

This special seminar is an augment to the LSRHS Counseling Department’s college counseling curriculum and will provide an excellent opportunity for both students and their parents to become better acquainted with this web-based tool used for post-graduate planning. Session recommended for sophomore and junior families.

Closing Keynote Address

3:00 – 3:50 pm


The College Transition: Plan for Success —Auditorium


 Dr. Catherine Bell

Staff Psychologist, McLean Hospital & Faculty, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Bell offers guidelines and strategies to promote increasing independence and college readiness in high school students, with a special focus on teaching the self-care necessary for good mental health at college. Specific issues addressed include: ways that parents can foster greater independence; helping students clarify their own goals and values; how to give students increasing responsibility; and identifying useful supports at school. Parents are encouraged to learn ways to help insulate students against the climates of stress and competition that can affect mental health at college.  Finally, Dr. Bell provides an overview of resources to access at college that can help students to have a successful first year.


Please plan to stay after the college fair tables close

to see this dynamic key-note speaker. 



Seminars Running Concurrently with the College Fair

1:10 –2:00 pm


College Admissions Testing: A Roadmap for the SAT, ACT & Other TestsAuditorium

Drew Heilpern, PhD, Summit Education Group

With the first administration of the redesigned SAT last spring and an increasing number of students taking the ACT, families have many questions about the current state of standardized testing.  We will explain the role of these tests in the college admissions process and discuss the differences between the SAT and ACT . We will also examine sample problems from the two tests to highlight the differences between them so that students can make a more informed decision when deciding between the SAT and ACT.  We hope to take away some of the anxiety that surrounds these tests and to give families information to help guide them through the questions about their own unique testing plans:  Which test.  When to take them.  How and when to prepare for them.


College Admissions for the Student-Athlete – Lecture Hall

Panel of College Athletics Liaisons from Merrimack College & Bryant University

Moderated by Todd Richman, Educational Consultant, Achieve Admissions

College admissions and athletics representatives will address the role of athletic recruiting and considerations for student-athletes in the college admissions process.

Sights Set on Science—Library Classroom

            Alex Peruta, Club Z! In-Home Tutoring

Are you interested in becoming a science researcher, engineer, vet, doctor, dentist, computer programmer, or one of the many other careers that has a strong foundation in science? Learn what it takes to develop your interests in these fields outside the classroom and stand out when applying to college. The seminar will discuss how to determine what areas of science interest you, deepen those interests while in high school by seeking out extracurricular and academic opportunities, and tell your science story through your college application so that colleges can see your passion. This talk is for science enthusiasts, novices, and potential future scientists of all kinds. 



Seminars Running Concurrently with the College Fair


2:10 – 3:00 pm

Building Affordability into Your College Search – Auditorium

Catie Costello, Educational Consultant, College Options

Do you have to give up a great college match in order to afford an undergraduate education? No, but you do need an action plan! After a brief summary of the financial aid and scholarship landscape, you’ll learn the best ways to maximize more affordable college options. We will also review the best tools for looking at EFC, Net Price Calculators and merit aid search.



Conquering the College Essay:  Bringing Your Application to Life—Lecture Hall

Jamie Gossels, Educational Consultant, JGossels College Consulting

For many, the college essay is the most stressful part of the application. Instead of thinking of it as an insurmountable hurdle, view it as a unique opportunity to introduce yourself. We’ll explore all aspects of the essay process: brainstorming ideas, dos and don’ts for effective writing, how to approach the Why College X essay, and how parents can help (or hurt).


Test Prep for Students with Learning Challenges Library Classroom

            Alexis Avila, Prepped & Polished

Mr. Avila will focus on strategies for students gearing up for standardized tests such the new redesigned SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and the ACT. You will learn about: different studying methods; ways to help your child feel confident and test-ready; tips on how to help your child improve their overall test scores; available testing accommodations.


The Future is Here: Innovative College Curricula & Majors – Choral Room

Panel Discussion with representatives from Champlain College, Hampshire College, Northeastern University, and Wheaton College

Moderated by Katelyn Gleason Klapper, CEP, College Options

From Data Analytics and Bioinformatics, to Game Design and Entrepreneurship, the colleges on our panel are responding to new career path demands with innovative degree programs. We will also explore the latest trends in college curricula including clustered concentrations, “upside-down curriculum,” co-ops and “meaningful minors.”