Ten Tips for After the SERF College Fair
1. Note the names of college representatives you chatted with at the fair. Some might end up reading your application or interviewing you a few months later.
2. Organize college fact sheets, brochures, screen shots, etc. in a file box or digital file.
3. Begin to give more thought to the type of school or program that is the best fit for you. Do you want a solid foundation in the liberal arts or something more pre-professional such as business, engineering or education?
4. Start the college affordability conversation with a parent or trusted advisor.
5. Remember to sign up with colleges for future webinars; student panels; admission events.
6. Think about geography. Even if the very thought of flip-flops and blue skies makes your heart sing, consider what kind of distance and travel is truly realistic for you and your family when it comes to choosing colleges.
7. Check back with colleges to see when you might be able to plan for in-person tours.
8. Note the admission requirements and application timelines of schools on your radar.
9. For the latest campus updates, consider following colleges of interest through social media channels.
10. Sign into your SCOIR account to learn even more about the schools that interest you!
Marla Platt, owner of AchieveCoach College Consulting, is a college consultant in Sudbury. For over 15 years, Marla has worked with hundreds of students and parents by offering personalized guidance to navigate the college search, essay preparation and application process. Marla has been a long-standing alumni interviewer on behalf of Cornell University and a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and NACAC.