Plan to spend an exciting day at the 2019 SERF College Fair!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School

390 Lincoln Rd.

Sudbury, MA  01776


Doors open at 12:00pm

Opening Keynote Address: 12:15pm – 1:00pm

Exhibit Hall of Colleges: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Informational Seminars: 1:10pm – 3:00pm


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 arriving early to listen to our keynote speaker.



College Fair Seminar - classroom College Fair Seminar auditorium


Seminars will be held between 1:10pm and 3:00pm on a variety of great topics.  There are multiple options for the 1:10pm and 2:10pm time slots.  Please read on for more information on our exciting offerings and on our Opening Keynote address.


12:15pm – 1:00pm 

College Admissions – Looking Beyond the Rankings to Find the Right Fit   


Presented by Maria Furtado, Executive Director, The Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL)

Maria Furtado Keynote SpeakerToo often the media stories scare students and parents as they approach the college search process. This should be a joyful time, not a high stakes game which neglects the individual fit. Find out why this happens and how the process can be approached with a focus on the student–not the rankings and ratings–in order to determine a great college choice. CTCL is a nonprofit dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process.

Please plan to arrive before the college fair tables open for our nationally recognized and dynamic keynote speaker! 



Choice of Topics Offered in Two Sessions Concurrently with College Fair:


SESSION 1:  1:10pm – 2:00pm

How to Navigate College Admissions Testing: The SAT, the ACT, and YOU


Travis Minor, Open Door Education

This seminar will help families to craft smart and effective testing plans by providing clear, straightforward information about college admissions testing. Attendees will gain an understanding of the differences between the SAT and ACT and how to decide which test to take, when to take it, and how to prepare. We’ll also address the most recent trends in testing, including test optional policies, changes to the SAT and ACT, and the role of SAT Subject Tests.

STEM Talk: Sights Set on Science

Lecture Hall 

Alex Peruta, Strategic Academic Success & Club Z! In-Home Tutoring

Are you interested in becoming a science researcher, engineer, vet, doctor, dentist, computer programmer, or another career requiring a strong foundation in STEM? Learn what it takes to develop your interests in these fields outside the classroom and stand out in college applications. Get ideas for deepening your STEM interests while in high school through extracurricular and academic opportunities. Tell your STEM story through your college application and successfully demonstrate your passion.

College Admissions for the Student-Athlete

Library Classroom

 Todd Richman, Achieve Admissions

This session will address the role of athletic recruiting in the college admissions process. What does it mean to be a recruited athlete? Benefits and tradeoffs? Myths vs. reality? Differences between D-I, D-II, D-III? What do coaches look for? How does recruiting impact the admissions process and timeline? What can you be doing and when?

A Look Inside the Application Review Process

Choral Room

Sam Carter, Ursinus College Admissions and Karen Gerrior-Mariani, High Point University Admissions

Ever wonder what happens to your application once it arrives in a college admissions office? Get a behind-the-scenes look at the application review process at a private college or university and learn about what is really most important to an admissions committee.



SESSION 2:  2:10pm – 3:00pm

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).

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


Drew Heilpern, PhD, Summit Education Group

This seminar will explore the role of standardized tests in the college admissions process.  We will examine sample problems from the SAT and ACT to highlight the differences in design between them so that students can make a more informed decision when deciding which test to take.  With the recent adoption of the redesigned SAT and an increasing number of students taking the ACT, families have many questions about the current state of standardized testing.  The goals of this presentation are to take away some of the anxiety that surrounds these tests and to give families information to help guide them through their own unique testing plans.

Bring Sanity to the Search: Parent Tips & Timelines to Help Your Child Manage Their College Process

Choral Room

Panel Discussion: Alexis Avila, Prepped & Polished; Christina Granahan, Granahan Coaching & Consulting; Katelyn Klapper, CEP, College Options

You really can have fun and enjoy the college search with your child! Join us for a conversation about parenting roles during the college search process and strategies to help keep the stress from building. Learn how to balance being helpful with prompting the independence and self-advocacy that is crucial to successful transition to college. Three local professionals provide tips from their unique perspectives for starting a healthy college conversation and adapting college search milestones to your family’s needs, as well as ideas for staying involved without taking over the process.