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Event Name: Tampa National College Fair
Date: 3/18/2018
Time: 12:00 PM
Contact Information:
National Association for College Admission Counseling
1050 North Highland Street
Arlington, VA 22201

The 2018 Tampa National College Fair will be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds

Representatives from more than 175 two-year and four-year colleges, nursing schools, business schools and trade schools will participate in the Tampa National College Fair to be held on Sunday, March 18 at the Tampa Convention Center.

The Tampa College Fair provides an excellent opportunity for students and parents to interact with college and university admissions counselors. Representatives will be available to discuss their various programs and admission requirements, as well as financial-aid opportunities. In addition, separate workshops will be held.

The Fair is free to high-school students, parents and anyone else interested in higher education. Students can meet one-on-one with admissions counselors at their booths to discuss entrance requirements, campus life, application deadlines and majors. Representatives will have brochures, catalogs and other literature to describe their institutions.

Tampa College Conference Manual - Spring 2017

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Deciding what to do after high school is one of the most important decisions that a high-school senior will make. At the National Fair there will be representatives from colleges, universities and technical schools from all over the United States to assist you in making this decision. Going through your mind should be such questions as: "What am I looking for in a college education?"; "What are my career goals?"; and "What do I need to do to achieve those goals?"

Event location:

Tampa Convention Center
333 S Franklin St
Tampa, FL 33602

Fair Hours:

Sunday, March 18, 2018
12:00p.m. - 3:00p.m.

For those students who wish to enroll in a college or university, questions involving majors, size of school, costs, and types of extracurricular activities and social life need to be asked and answered.

Students and parents should read as much as possible about the colleges and universities in which they are interested before attending a program like this. If possible, you should get a viewbook or catalog on these institutions ahead of time, or visit the school's Web site and familiarize yourself with the facts that interest you. College representatives are always more eager to discuss their institution with students who seem genuinely interested, and who are somewhat knowledgeable about the school.

Visit first the tables of the colleges in which you are primarily interested. If possible select at least six colleges or schools in which you are definitely interested before coming to the College Fair. Plan on visiting with these representatives first. If there is much of a line before a particular school, go to another table and return at a later time. The representatives will be there throughout the times posted for the Fair and you might find that visiting with them when they are not busy will be better for you because they will be able to answer your questions more fully.

A college fair is a good time to expand your knowledge about colleges and/or careers, in general. The representatives of the various institutions come from a variety of experiences and backgrounds, and they will be very pleased to answer any questions you have. You may even find that there will be other institutions at the program that may better serve your needs than the ones you were originally considering. Therefore, take advantage of the opportunity to investigate other institutions.

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 are automatically limiting their college selection, or whether to even attend college, simply by looking at tuition and room and board costs. Very few families can afford the cost of higher education 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 those schools a family may mistakenly think they can afford.

This College Fair is not meant to be the last step in your search for the college or university that will give you all that you want and need in an education. It is most often considered to be one of the first steps in your search process. After you accumulate the information you receive at the program, you should sit down, read, and digest the many pamphlets you have received. After that, narrow your choices to five or six institutions in which you are interested and visit them. Spend as much time on these campuses as you can. Have an interview in the admissions office; talk to students, faculty and alumni as much as possible; and if possible, arrange a campus tour, sit in on classes, and spend a weekend.

Choosing a college should not be a haphazard process. 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.

Parents are encouraged to bring younger students - middle and junior high-school students - to the College Fair to begin early planning. A counseling center will be available to answer questions and to assist in the planning process.


The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 15,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education.

NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).

A member-directed organization, NACAC is governed by its voting members; an Assembly of delegates elected by voting members in NACAC's state and regional affiliates and by an elected Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors sets the strategic direction for NACAC. Additionally, 10 standing committees, ad hoc committees, and an Affiliate Presidents Council lend their expertise and experience to the issues, programs and governance that keep the association vibrant in its service to members, the profession, and students.

NACAC's award-winning publications and other media resources, professional development programs and practical research efforts have all been designed to give counseling and admission professionals the tools they need to improve the counseling services they provide to students.

2017 Tampa National College Fair Participating Colleges and Universities:

Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Auburn University College of Liberal Arts, Auburn, AL
Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL
Samford University, Birmingham, AL
Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL
Troy University, Troy, AL
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ
University of Advancing Technology, Tempe, AZ

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA
University of California - Riverside, Riverside, CA
University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO

Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT
Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT
United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
University of New Haven, West Haven, CT

American University, Washington, DC
Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Barry University, Miami Shores, FL
Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL
Florida Polytechnic University, Lakeland, FL
Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL
Florida SouthWestern State College, Fort Myers, FL
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Full Sail University, Winter Park, FL
Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, FL
Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL
Keiser University, West Palm Beach, FL
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), Bradenton, FL
Lynn University , Boca Raton, FL
New College of Florida, Sarasota, FL
Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL
Polk State College, Winter Haven, FL
Rollins College, Winter Park, FL
Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, FL
St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, FL
St. Petersburg College - College of Orthotics & Prosthetics, St. Petersburg, FL
St. Thomas University, Miami, FL
Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL
Stetson University, Deland, FL
Trinity Baptist College, Jacksonville, FL
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
University of South Florida - St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL
The University of Tampa, Tampa, FL
University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
Warner University, Lake Wales, FL

Armstrong State University, Savannah, GA
Berry College, Mount Berry, GA
Georgia Southwestern State University, Americus, GA
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA
Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA
University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA
Wesleyan College, Macon, GA

Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
North Park University, Chicago, IL

Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Stevenson University, Stevenson, MD
Towson University, Towson, MD
Washington College, Chestertown, MD

Curry College, Milton, MA
Emerson College, Boston, MA
Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Cape Cod, MA
Regis College, Weston, MA
Suffolk University, Boston, MA
Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA

Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI
Kettering University, Flint, MI
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Western Michigan University - College of Aviation, Battle Creek, MI

Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS
University of Mississippi, University, MS

University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ
Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ

Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), New York, NY
LIM College, New York, NY
LIU Post, Brookville, NY
Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY
Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY
Nazareth College, Rochester, NY
New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury & New York, NY
Pace University, Pleasantville & New York, NY
Paul Smith's College, Paul Smiths, NY
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY
SUNY - Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
SUNY - Cortland, Cortland, NY
SUNY - College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, NY
SUNY - Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
SUNY Maritime College, Throggs Neck, NY
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology, Flushing, NY

Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, NC
Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC
Guilford College, Greensboro, NC
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
University of North Carolina - Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston Salem, NC
William Peace University, Raleigh, NC

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH

Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), Erie & Greensburg, PA
Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA
Penn State University, University Park, PA
Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA
Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Villanova University, Villanova, PA
Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA

Bryant University, Smithfield, RI
Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI

The Citadel Military College, Charleston, SC
Clemson University, Clemson, SC
College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
Lander University, Greenwood, SC
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Texas A&M University - Galveston, Galveston, TX
Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX

Norwich University, Northfield, VT

Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA
Marymount University, Arlington, VA
Radford University, Radford, VA
Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Brescia University College, London, Ontario, Canada
George Brown College, Toronto, Canada
John Cabot University, Rome, Italy
Les Roches Global Hospitality Education / Glion Institute of Higher Education, Switzerland, Jordan, Spain, China, United Kingdom, USA,
Ravensbourne, London, England
Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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