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Going to our first college fair this weekend, and I have a couple of questions for you kind folks

citymama9citymama9 Registered User Posts: 1,476 Senior Member
Let's say you speak to an admissions person at a college of interest at a fair. Are you supposed to follow up with a thank-you email or with a question? Also, is it important to have some good questions prepared when you approach the reps? I haven't been to a college fair since the 1980's so I forget how they work. Thanks so much.

Replies to: Going to our first college fair this weekend, and I have a couple of questions for you kind folks

  • wisteria100wisteria100 Registered User Posts: 2,663 Senior Member
    If there is a sign in sheet or mailing list, make sure to sign that. Thank you notes, not necessary and would probably seem a little forced. You should definitely ask questions!
  • citymama9citymama9 Registered User Posts: 1,476 Senior Member
    @wisteria100 Thanks so much for your response!
  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 10,521 Senior Member
    Review the colleges' website and viewbooks if you have them. Don't ask questions that are easily answered there.
  • happy1happy1 Registered User Posts: 16,449 Senior Member
    The one college fair I attended with my son was really mobbed but he did manage to speak with admission officers at a few schools he was interested in. Still, the conversations were pretty short as others were waiting and he did not send thank you notes. Agree that signing up on every sheet/mailing list for schools of interest is key even if you don't get to chat one-on-one.
  • 123Mom456123Mom456 Registered User Posts: 532 Member
    Depending on your area, it could be a mob scene with long lines to talk to anyone at a desirable school. Sign in or some of the fairs give you a bar code and the AO will have a scanner. My child introduced themselves to the AO and sometimes talked about what they were interested in. I don't think a thank you note is necessary but get a card or name and you now will have a contact for future questions. My word of advice about questions - don't use them to show interest if it is something that the answer can be found to on the school website.
  • citymama9citymama9 Registered User Posts: 1,476 Senior Member
    Thanks everyone. The couple of questions I have would be how they calcuate gpa, how easy it is to double major and do study abroad, and lastly what percentage of ED acceptances go to recruited athletes, but I probably can't ask that last question. Ideally, it would be my D who asked the questions.
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