College Visits and Fairs
College Campus Visits
College visits are an important part of the college search process, helping to identify what your son or daughter values in a college campus. To schedule a campus visit search online for the college's admissions page. Find out what types of tours, sessions and activities may be available. During your visit, try to meet with someone from the admissions office or attend an information session. Ask if they can arrange for you to meet with a professor or representative from the department in which you are interested. Take a tour of the campus, talk to students, have a meal in the cafeteria, and pick up copies of the student newspaper. Some colleges also can arrange for you to sit in on a class or stay overnight in a residence hall.
Students may be excused from high school for a college visit if a parent calls the JHHS Attendance Office in advance to report the absence and the student returns to the Attendance Office with evidence of the visit, such as an admissions representative's business card or a brochure.
Planning for Campus Visits
Making the Most of a Campus Visit
College Rep Visits to the CCC
More than 120 college admission representatives visit JHHS each year. This is a great way for you to meet in a small group with admissions officers from your colleges of interest. Visits occur mainly in September to November and again in February through April. Visits are announced on the morning announcements, posted outside the CCC, listed in Naviance, and described here:
Fall 2018 College Rep Visit Schedule (as of 9/21/18)
To attend a college rep visit, students should:
- Pick up a College Rep Visit pass in the CCC
- Ask the teacher of the class you will be missing to sign the pass
- Bring the signed pass to the CCC at the time of the visit.
The college counselors of District 214 host a College Fair each April with representatives from more than 200 campuses across the U.S. This is a great way to build your college search.
District 214 College Fair
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Forest View Educational Center
There are several other Chicago area fairs scheduled each year. Some are more specific and specialize in areas such as performing arts, students with special needs or Spanish speakers.
Area College Fairs: Fall 2018
Tips on Going to a College Fair