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Event Name: Washington D.C. National College Fair
Date: 11/5/2017 - 10/28/2015
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact Information:
National Association of College Admission Counseling
1050 North Highland Street
Arlington, VA 22201

The 2017 Washington D.C. National College Fair will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Representatives from approximately 250 two- and four-year colleges, nursing schools, business schools and trade schools will participate in the Greater Washington, D.C. National College Fair to be held on Sunday, November 5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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.

This year’s College Fair is sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). The Fair 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.

Washington D.C. College Conference Manual

(View the 2017 Digital Edition to learn more)

This year’s College Fair is sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). The Fair 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, visit to register for a personal bar code, or use your smartphone to scan the QR code on page 3. 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.

The Washington DC National College 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.

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?"

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) is sponsor of this and other college fairs throughout the country. 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 NACAC's Web site at

Washington D.C. College Fair Location:

Washington Convention Center
Hall C
801 Mount Vernon Pl., NW
Washington, DC 20001

Washington D.C. College Fair Hours:

Sunday, November 5
12:30 pm “ 4 pm

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2017 Washington D.C. College Fair Participating Colleges and Universities:

Auburn University College of Liberal Arts, Auburn, AL
Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
University of Advancing Technology, Tempe, AZ
The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA
University of California - Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT
Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT
United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT
University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Delaware State University, Dover, DE
Goldey-Beacom College, Wilmington, DE
Wesley College, Dover, DE

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

Barry University, Miami Shores, FL
Full Sail University, Winter Park, FL
Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL
Keiser University, West Palm Beach, FL
Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, FL
Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL
The University of Tampa, Tampa, FL

Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA
Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA
Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA
Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, Urbana, IL

Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
Franklin College, Franklin, IN
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
University of Evansville, Evansville, IN

Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA

Bowie State University, Bowie, MD
Capitol Technology University, Laurel, MD
Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD
Goucher College, Baltimore, MD
Hood College, Frederick, MD
Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
Mount Saint Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD
Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, MD
Omega Recording Studios' School of Applied Recording Arts and Sciences, Rockville, MD
St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, MD
Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
Stevenson University, Stevenson, MD
Towson University, Towson, MD
University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Baltimore, MD
University of Maryland Eastern Shore , Princess Anne, MD
University of Maryland - School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, MD
Washington College, Chestertown, MD

American International College, Springfield, MA
Assumption College, Worcester, MA
Lasell College, Newton, MA
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA
Merrimack College, North Andover, MA
Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
Mount Ida College, Newton Centre, MA
Suffolk University, Boston, MA
University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA
University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

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

Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO

Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH
Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH

Centenary University, Hackettstown, NJ
The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ
New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ
Saint Peter's University, Jersey City, NJ
Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY
Daemen College, Amherst, NY
Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY
LIM College, New York, NY
LIU - Post & Brooklyn Campuses, Brookville & Brooklyn, NY
Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY
Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY
New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury & New York, NY
Pace University, Pleasantville & New York, NY
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, NY
SUNY - Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
SUNY - University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
SUNY - Alfred State College, Alfred, NY
SUNY - Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY
SUNY - Cortland, Cortland, NY
SUNY - College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, NY
SUNY - Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Utica College, Utica, NY
Wells College, Aurora, NY

East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC
North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC
North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC
North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC
University of Mount Olive, Mount Olive, NC
University of North Carolina - Pembroke, Pembroke, NC
University of North Carolina - Wilmington, Wilmington, NC
Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC
Western Carolina University , Cullowhee, NC

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
Marietta College, Marietta, OH
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Ohio University, Athens, OH
University of Akron, Akron, OH
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Alvernia University, Reading, PA
Arcadia University, Glenside, PA
Bryn Athyn College, Bryn Athyn, PA
Cairn University, Langhorne, PA
Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA
Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion, PA
DeSales University, Center Valley, PA
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
Eastern University, Saint Davids, PA
Gannon University, Erie, PA
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Harrisburg, PA
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA
La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA
Lincoln University, Lincoln University, PA
Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA
Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA
Millersville University, Millersville, PA
Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA
Penn State University, University Park, PA
Robert Morris University, Moon Township, PA
Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA
Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA
Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Bradford, PA
University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
Valley Forge Military Academy & College, Wayne, PA
West Chester University of Pennsylvania, West Chester, PA
Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA

Bryant University, Smithfield, RI
Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI

The Citadel Military College, Charleston, SC
Lander University, Greenwood, SC

Fisk University, Nashville, TN

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Texas State University - San Marcos, San Marcos, TX
University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

Westminster College of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, UT

Bennington College, Bennington, VT
Northern Vermont University - Johnson Campus, Johnson, VT
Southern Vermont College, Bennington, VT

Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA
Emory and Henry College, Emory, VA
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Hampton University, Hampton, VA
Longwood University, Farmville, VA
Marymount University, Arlington, VA
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Radford University, Radford, VA
Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA
Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA
Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA
University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Virginia International University, Fairfax, VA
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

DigiPen Institute of Technology, Redmond, WA

Bethany College, Bethany, WV
Fairmont State University, Fairmont, WV
Marshall University, Huntington, WV
Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV

University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI

University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

The Art Institutes, Over 50 locations, Multi State
Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada
American College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
The American College of Greece, Athens, Greece
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge & Chelmsford, England
Bath Spa University, Bath, England
Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Goldsmiths University of London , London, England
Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada
New College of the Humanities, London, England
Queens University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Richmond, The American International University in London, London, England
SciencesPO, Paris, France
St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland
University of East Anglia, Norwich, England
University of Greenwich, London, England
Waseda Universtiy, Tokyo, Japan

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