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Event Name: Chicago National College Fair
Date: 10/14/2017
Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
Contact Information:
National Association of College Admission Counseling
1050 North Highland Street
Arlington, VA 22201

The 2017 Chicago National College Fair will be held at McCormick Place

Representatives from approximately 400 two-year and four-year colleges, nursing schools, business schools and trade schools will participate in the Chicago National College Fair which will be held on Saturday, October 14 at McCormick Place.

Officers and enlisted personnel from the various branches of the military services will also be on hand to discuss the military’s enlistment and education programs such as R.O.T.C., the military academies and the GI Bill.

The College Fair, sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) in partnership with Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC), is a timesaving opportunity for students and parents to gather a lot of information in one day. College admissions representatives will be on hand to answer key questions ranging from acceptance policies to student–faculty ratio.

In addition to asking questions, students and parents will be able to set up college interviews, pick up literature and learn about the various financial aid programs available.

Review the list of participating colleges and make a list of the booths you’d like to visit. To make the best use of your time at the Fair you can visit to register for a personal bar code. When you visit the college booths, the reps will scan your bar code, automatically accessing your information. This will leave you more time to engage in one-on-one conversation. You can also use the computers provided at the convention site, but be aware that lines may be long at the registration tables. Your goal is to have as much time as possible to talk with the reps at their booths.

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 14, 2017
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:

Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
University of Alabama - Early College, Tuscaloosa, AL
University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL
University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL

Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, AK
University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, AK

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ
Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
University of Advancing Technology, Tempe, AZ
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

American Jewish University, Bel Air & Brandeis, CA
California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
Columbia College - Hollywood, Tarzana, CA
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA
Marymount California University, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Mills College, Oakland, CA
Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
Santa Monica College , Santa Monica, CA
Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, CA
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
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 San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
University of the West, Rosemead, CA
Woodbury University, Burbank, CA

Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO
Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Colorado State University - Pueblo, Pueblo, CO
Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO
Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver, CO
University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
Western State Colorado University, Gunnison, CO

Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
University of New Haven, West Haven, CT

American University, Washington, DC

Barry University, Miami Shores, FL
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL
Florida International University, Miami, FL
Florida Polytechnic University, Lakeland, FL
Florida SouthWestern State College, Fort Myers, FL
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Full Sail University, Winter Park, FL
Keiser University, West Palm Beach, FL
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), Bradenton, FL
Lincoln College of Technology, West Palm Beach, FL
Lynn University , Boca Raton, FL
Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL
Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, FL
Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
University of Tampa, Tampa, FL

Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Mercer University, Macon, GA
Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA
Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA
Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, HI
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI

Boise State University, Boise, ID

American Islamic College, Chicago, IL
Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
Aurora University, Aurora, IL
Benedictine University, Lisle, IL
Bradley University, Peoria, IL
Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, IL
DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Dominican University, River Forest, IL
Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL
Eureka College, Eureka, IL
Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL
The Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, IL
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL
Knox College, Galesburg, IL
Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL
Les Roches International School of Hotel Management - Chicago campus, Chicago, IL
Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
MacMurray College, Jacksonville, IL
McKendree University, Lebanon, IL
Millikin University, Decatur, IL
Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL
North Central College, Naperville, IL
North Park University, Chicago, IL
Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL
Northwestern College, Chicago, Bridgeview, Naperville, IL
Parkland College, Champaign, IL
Quincy University, Quincy, IL
Rockford University, Rockford, IL
Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, IL
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL
Tribeca Flashpoint College, Chicago, IL
Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
University of Illinois at Springfield, Springfield, IL
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, Urbana, IL
University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL
Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
Earlham College, Richmond, IN
Franklin College, Franklin, IN
Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
Indiana Tech, Fort Wayne, IN
Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis - School of Informatics and Computing, Indianapolis, IN
Indiana University - School of Social Work , Bloomington, IN
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indianapolis, IN
Marian University, Indianapolis, IN
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Purdue University Northwest, Hammond & Westville, IN
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN
Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN
University of Evansville, Evansville, IN
University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN
Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN

Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA
Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA
Drake University, Des Moines, IA
Grand View University, Des Moines, IA
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Iowa Wesleyan University, Mount Pleasant, IA
Loras College, Dubuque, IA
Luther College, Decorah, IA
St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA
Simpson College, Indianola, IA
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
Wartburg College, Waverly, IA

Kansas State Polytechnic, Salina, KS
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
Midway University, Midway, KY
Murray State University, Murray, KY
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

Dillard University, New Orleans, LA
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA

Omega Recording Studios' School of Applied Recording Arts and Sciences, Rockville, MD
University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Emerson College, Boston, MA
Emmanuel College, Boston, MA
MCPHS University, Boston, MA
Merrimack College, North Andover, MA
Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
Simmons College, Boston, MA
Suffolk University, Boston, MA
University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA

Albion College, Albion, MI
Alma College, Alma, MI
Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
Calvin College - Engineering Program, Grand Rapids, MI
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI
College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
Douglas J. Aveda Institute, Okemos, Ann Arbor, Rochester Hills, MI
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI
Finlandia University, Hancock, MI
Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI
Hope College, Holland, MI
Kettering University, Flint, MI
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI
Oakland University, Rochester, MI
Olivet College, Olivet, MI
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan - Flint, Flint, MI
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Wayne State University - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Detroit, MI
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Western Michigan University -College of Arts and Sciences, Kalamazoo, MI
Western Michigan University - College of Aviation, Battle Creek, MI
Western Michigan University - College of Education and Human Development, Kalamazoo, MI
Western Michigan University - College of Fine Arts, Kalamazoo, MI

Hamline University, Saint Paul, MN
Lake Superior College, Duluth, MN
St. Cloud State University, Saint Cloud, MN
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, MN
University of Minnesota - Duluth, Duluth, MN
University of Minnesota - Rochester, Rochester, MN
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

Barnes-Jewish College - Goldfarb School of Nursing, Saint Louis, MO
Cottey College, Nevada, MO
Culver-Stockton College, Canton, MO
Drury University, Springfield, MO
Harris-Stowe State University, Saint Louis, MO
Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO
Maryville University, Saint Louis, MO
Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
Missouri State University - College of Business, Springfield, MO
Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO
Saint Louis College of Pharmacy, Saint Louis, MO
Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO
Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO
Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
University of Missouri - St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO
Webster University, Saint Louis, MO

Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
University of Montana, Missoula, MT
University of Montana Western, Dillon, MT

Creighton University, Omaha, NE
University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

University of Nevada - Reno, Reno, NV
University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV), Las Vegas, NV

Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Canisius College, Buffalo, NY
The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
LIM College, New York, NY
LIU - Post & Brooklyn Campuses, Brookville & Brooklyn, NY
Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY
Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY
The New School, New York, NY
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, NY
St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY
Saint Lawrence University, Canton, NY
SUNY - Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
SUNY - Cortland, Cortland, NY
SUNY - Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Utica College, Utica, NY

High Point University, High Point, NC
North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC
North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC
Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, NC

Minot State University, Minot, ND
University of Mary, Bismarck, ND
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, OH
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH
Kent State University, Kent, OH
Miami University, Oxford, OH
Oberlin College and Conservatory, Oberlin, OH
Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, OH
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Ohio University, Athens, OH
Otterbein University, Westerville, OH
Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, OH
Tiffin University, Tiffin, OH
University of Akron, Akron, OH
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
University of Findlay, Findlay, OH
University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Willamette University, Salem, OR

Arcadia University, Glenside, PA
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), Erie & Greensburg, PA
Penn State University, University Park, PA
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Bradford, PA

Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI

Anderson University, Anderson, SC
The Citadel Military College, Charleston, SC
Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC
University of South Carolina at Beaufort, Beaufort & Bluffton, SC

Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD

Fisk University, Nashville, TN
University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Visible Music College, Memphis, TN

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
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
University of Houston - C.T. Bauer College of Business, Houston, TX
University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX
University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Weber State University, Ogden, UT

Castleton University, Castleton, VT
Norwich University, Northfield, VT

Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

DigiPen Institute of Technology, Redmond, WA
Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA
Seattle University, Seattle, WA

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI
Beloit College, Beloit, WI
Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI
Carroll University, Waukesha, WI
Carthage College, Kenosha, WI
Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, WI
Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
Marian University, Fond du Lac, WI
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI
Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI
Northland College, Ashland, WI
Ripon College, Ripon, WI
St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, Green Bay, 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 - Parkside, Kenosha, 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
Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI

University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

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The American College of Greece, Athens, Greece
Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
George Brown College, Toronto, Canada
Goldsmiths University of London , London, England
Hult International Business School, London, England
John Cabot University, Rome, Italy
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich, England
Regent's University London, London, England
Richmond, The American International University in London, London, England
Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus, Madrid, Spain
SEG Swiss Education Group, , Switzerland
Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia, Canada
University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland
University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland
University of Essex, Colchester, England
University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
United States Air Force ROTC, New Brunswick, NJ

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