Ten Tips for After the SERF College Fair

By Marla Platt, M.B.A., 

Independent College Consultant

AchieveCoach College Consulting


1) Note the names of college representatives you chatted with at the fair. Some of these folks might end up reading your application or interviewing you a few months later! 


2) Feel free to download any helpful photos, videos or brochures from colleges you have “favorited”.


3) Start to give more thought to the type of school or program that is the best fit for you. Do you want a solid foundation in the liberal arts or something more pre-professional, such as business or education?


4) Start the college affordability conversation with a parent or trusted advisor.


5) Remember to check back with colleges later on for future webinars; student panels; admission events.


6) Think about geography. Even if the very thought of flip-flops and blue skies makes your heart sing, consider what kind of distance and travel is truly realistic for you and your family when it comes to choosing colleges.


7) Note the admission requirements of the schools that are on your radar.


8) Check back later with colleges to see when you might be able to check out campuses in person – and safely!


9) Consider following through social media the colleges that interest you to tune into the latest campus offerings.


10) Sign into your Naviance account to learn even more about the schools that have caught your eye!


Marla Platt, principal of AchieveCoach College Consulting, is a college consultant in Sudbury, MA offering personalized guidance to students and families navigating the college search and application process. Marla is also a long-standing alumni interviewer on behalf of Cornell University, a NACAC member and a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association.

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