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Event Name: Chicago National College Fair
Date: 10/1/2016
Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
Contact Information:
National Association of College Admission Counseling
1050 North Highland Street
Arlington, VA 22201

The 2016 Chicago National College Fair will be held at McCormick Place

The Fall 2016 Chicago National College Fair is free to high-school students, parents and anyone else interested in higher education. Students can meet one-on-one with representatives from colleges and universities from around the world at their booths to discuss entrance requirements, campus life, application deadlines and majors.

Chicago College Conference Manual

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Fairs are an exciting chance to talk to the people in the know. But it's easy to get caught up in the crowds and confusion. Soon you're criss-crossing the room (or many rooms), stopping at any booth that catches your eye or seems popular. When that happens, you end up with lots of pretty brochures, but not a lot of clear impressions about which colleges you may be interested in. Making the most of a college fair means planning your strategy beforehand.

Treat a college fair like a buffet dinner. There will be more there than you can possibly take in, but then again, not everything is to your taste.

Look over a list of college fair participants before the fair. Choose the colleges in which you are most interested. If you have time, research these colleges by reading information in your guidance office or by checking out guidebooks or Web sites.

Before you leave for the fair, make sure you have the following supplies: a small notebook with your list of colleges and questions you want to ask; a pen or pencil; and a backpack or tote-bag to hold all of the college information you'll be collecting.

Write up a short list of questions to ask admission representatives. To compare several schools, plan on asking the same questions at each table.

Rather than asking questions like, "How many people are in the freshman class?" ask what the two or three most popular majors are (that can give you a good idea of the main interests of the majority of the students). If you have a particular major in mind, don't ask "How good is major X?" No college representative will tell you that a program is bad. Instead, ask how many students take that major; what research faculty members are involved in (and the opportunities for undergraduates to participate in it); or what courses you would take your first year in a particular major. Students who are undecided should ask about what services and support are available to help them explore various majors.

Your notebook and pen are great tools for keeping all those conversations straight. After you leave a table, jot down your impressions of the college and the answers the admission representatives gave you. Try to do this before you visit the next table, while your impressions are still fresh.

Students with access to computers may wish to print up a few sheets of self-stick address labels. At the fair, slap the address labels on the college information cards found in this publication to save you time in filling out the same information over and over at each college's table.

By the time the fair is over, you'll have a bag filled with information about colleges--and a possible case of information overload. Don't succumb to the temptation of just piling all those brochures in some obscure corner of your bedroom. If you're feeling overwhelmed, take a day or two away from the college search. Then get out all of those brochures, along with the notes you took while at the fair, and read through them. Follow up by starting to schedule college visits.

If you think you cannot afford a college education, or afford the college of your choice, you could be very pleasantly surprised. Too many families automatically limit their college selection, or whether or not to even attend college, simply by looking at tuition and room and board costs. Very few families can afford to write checks for these costs without the availability of some type of financial assistance. Contrary to some public opinion, there are many opportunities to get financial assistance, even for upper middle-income families. College selection should not be limited to only the schools a family may mistakenly think they can afford.

Some decisions on college selection are made for very odd reasons. They should not be. Remember, the college in which you decide to enroll should, and will, have a profound impact on the rest of your life.

The National College Fair is not meant to be the last step in your search for the college or university that matches your needs and the characteristics you want in higher education. Rather, it should be one of the first steps in your search process.

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is based in Arlington, VA, it serves high-school guidance counselors and college-admissions officers who assist students with the transition to higher education. Its more than 9,000 members are colleges and universities, high schools, associations and organizations, and individuals whose institutions belong to NACAC.

NACAC establishes and promotes high ethical standards for the counseling professions, answers questions on financial aid, students' rights in the admissions process, ethics and legal decisions affecting admissions and sponsors research pertinent to the counseling profession. Visit its Web site at

Chicago College Fair Location:

McCormick Place
South King Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 791-7000

College Fair Hours:

Saturday, October 1, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Questions to ask at the college fair
Hints for college interviews

Fall 2016 Chicago National College Fair Participating Colleges and Universities:

Adams State University, Alamosa, CO
Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, AK
Albion College, Albion, MI
Alma College, Alma, MI
Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI
American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL
The American College of Greece, Athens, Greece
American Islamic College, Chicago, IL
American University, Washington, DC
Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI
Arcadia University, Glenside, PA
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Ashland University, Ashland, OH
Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
Aurora University, Aurora, IL
Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Barnes-Jewish College - Goldfarb School of Nursing, Saint Louis, MO
Barry University, Miami Shores, FL
Benedictine University, Lisle, IL
Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD
Blackburn College, Carlinville, IL
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
Bradley University, Peoria, IL
Brooks Institute, Ventura, CA
Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
California Baptist University, Riverside, CA
California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
Calvin College - Engineering Program, Grand Rapids, MI
Canisius College, Buffalo, NY
Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI
Carroll University, Waukesha, WI
Carthage College, Kenosha, WI
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI
Chapman University, Orange, CA
The Citadel Military College, Charleston, SC
City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC
Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA
College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO
Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO
Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO
Colorado State University - Pueblo, Pueblo, CO
Columbia College, Columbia, MO
Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
Columbia College - Hollywood, Tarzana, CA
Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, IL
Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, WI
Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA
Cottey College, Nevada, MO
Creighton University, Omaha, NE
Culver-Stockton College, Canton, MO
DePaul University, Chicago, IL
DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
DigiPen Institute of Technology, Redmond, WA
Dominican University, River Forest, IL
Drake University, Des Moines, IA
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Drury University, Springfield, MO
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA
Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ
Emmanuel College, Boston, MA
Eureka College, Eureka, IL
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA
Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI
Finlandia University, Hancock, MI
Fisk University, Nashville, TN
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL
Florida International University, Miami, FL
Florida SouthWestern State College, Fort Myers, FL
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Franklin College, Franklin, IN
Full Sail University, Winter Park, FL
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Goldsmiths University of London, London, England
Goucher College, Baltimore, MD
Governors State University, University Park, IL
Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
Grand View University, Des Moines, IA
Greenville College, Greenville, IL
High Point University, High Point, NC
Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, IN
Hope College, Holland, MI
Hult International Business School, London, England
Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL
Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
Indiana Tech, Fort Wayne, IN
Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) - Kelley School of Business, Indianapolis, IN
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indianapolis, IN
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Iowa Wesleyan University, Mount Pleasant, IA
Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL
John Cabot University, Rome, Italy
John Carroll University, University Heights, OH
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Keiser University, West Palm Beach, FL
Kendall College, Chicago, IL
Kent State University, Kent, OH
Kettering University, Flint, MI
Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA
Knox College, Galesburg, IL
La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), Erie & Greensburg, PA
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), Bradenton, FL
Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL
Landmark College, Putney, VT
Lausanne Hotel School (École hôtelière de Lausanne), Lausanne, Switzerland
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI
Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
Le Cordon Bleu International, Paris, London, Australia, Japan, Korea, Canada, Mexico, Peru, USA,
Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY
Les Roches International School of Hotel Management - Chicago campus, Chicago, IL
Les Roches Hotel and Hospitality Management Schools , Switzerland, Spain, China, USA,
Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
LIM College, New York, NY
Lincoln College, Lincoln, IL
Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO
Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO
Lindenwood University - Belleville, Belleville, IL
LIU - Post & Brooklyn Campuses, Brookville & Brooklyn, NY
Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH
Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
Loyola University - New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Luther College, Decorah, IA
Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY
Marian University, Indianapolis, IN
Marian University, Fond du Lac, WI
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY
Maryville College, Maryville, TN
Maryville University, Saint Louis, MO
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA
Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Cape Cod, MA
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
McKendree University, Lebanon, IL
MCPHS University, Boston, MA
Mercer University, Macon, GA
Merrimack College, North Andover, MA
Miami University, Oxford, OH
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
Millikin University, Decatur, IL
Mills College, Oakland, CA
Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI
Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, MN
Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS
Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, MO
Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO
Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI
New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ
North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC
North Central College, Naperville, IL
North Park University, Chicago, IL
Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL
Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI
Northland College, Ashland, WI
Norwich University, Northfield, VT
Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich, England
Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Oakland University, Rochester, MI
Oberlin College and Conservatory, Oberlin, OH
Ohio Christian University, Circleville, OH
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Ohio University, Athens, OH
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL
Otterbein University, Westerville, OH
Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR
Parkland College, Champaign, IL
Penn State University, University Park, PA
Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Plymouth University, Plymouth, England
Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA
Portland State University, Portland, OR
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN
Quincy University, Quincy, IL
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
Richmond, The American International University in London, London, England
Ripon College, Ripon, WI
Robert Morris University, Chicago, IL
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
Rockford University, Rockford, IL
Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO
Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA
St. Andrews University, Laurinburg, NC
St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY
St. Cloud State University, Saint Cloud, MN
Saint Joseph's College, Rensselaer, IN
Saint Louis College of Pharmacy, Saint Louis, MO
Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO
Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus, Madrid, Spain
Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN
Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI
St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
Saint Xavier University, Chicago, IL
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Santa Monica College , Santa Monica, CA
Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Simmons College, Boston, MA
Simpson College, Indianola, IA
Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, CA
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO
Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, IL
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH
Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, MN
Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
SUNY - University at Albany, Albany, NY
SUNY - Cortland, Cortland, NY
SUNY - Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
SUNY - Fredonia, Fredonia, NY
SUNY Maritime College, Throggs Neck, NY
SUNY - Purchase College, Purchase, NY
Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ
Suffolk University, Boston, MA
Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Tampere, Finland
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Texas A&M University - Galveston, Galveston, TX
Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
Texas State University - San Marcos, San Marcos, TX
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Tribeca Flashpoint College, Chicago, IL
Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL
Trinity International University, Deerfield & Dolton, IL
Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
United States Air Force ROTC, New Brunswick, NJ
United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT
University College Birmingham, Birmingham, England
University of Advancing Technology, Tempe, AZ
University of Akron, Akron, OH
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
University of California, Davis, Davis, CA
University of California - Irvine, Irvine, CA
University of California - Riverside, Riverside, CA
University of California - San Diego, La Jolla, CA
University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, KY
University of Evansville, Evansville, IN
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
University of Georgia, Athens, GA
University of Houston - College of Business, Houston, TX
University of Illinois at Springfield, Springfield, IL
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, Urbana, IL
University of Illinois-Chicago Army ROTC, Chicago, IL
University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
University of Maine, Orono, ME
University of Manchester, Manchester, England
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA
University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan - Flint, Flint, MI
University of Minnesota - Duluth, Duluth, MN
University of Minnesota - Morris, Morris, MN
University of Minnesota - Rochester, Rochester, MN
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
University of Missouri - St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO
University of Montana, Missoula, MT
University of Montana Western, Dillon, MT
University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV), Las Vegas, NV
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
University of New Haven, West Haven, CT
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
University of North Carolina - Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
University of North Texas, Denton, TX
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
University of Portland, Portland, OR
University of Redlands, Redlands, CA
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
University of Roehampton, London, England
University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL
University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX
University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL
University of Tampa, Tampa, FL
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
University of the West of England, Bristol, Bristol, England
University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, La Crosse, WI
University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI
University of Wisconsin - Platteville, Platteville, WI
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI
University of Wisconsin - Stout, Menomonie, WI
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
Upper Iowa University, Fayette, IA
Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Visible Music College, Memphis, TN
Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI
Wartburg College, Waverly, IA
Washington College, Chestertown, MD
Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO
Webster University, Saint Louis, MO
Wentworth Military Academy & College, Lexington, MO
Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Westminster College of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, UT
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Willamette University, Salem, OR
Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH
Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
York St. John University, York, England

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