Upcoming fairs offer
abundance of college options
No midway or fried dough, but college fairs provide plenty
to engage college-bound students
– Students considering their
futures after high school have the opportunity to explore
multiple options during two upcoming college fairs.
Fulton Montgomery Community College (FMCC) offers a college fair
from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, featuring more than
60 colleges, while HFM BOCES will host a college fair for HFM
juniors and seniors on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with more than 20 two-
and four-year colleges as well as financial aid representatives.
“You can’t just close your eyes and pick a college,” said HFM
BOCES school counselor Charis Kakavelos. “A college fair offers
the opportunity for students to gain more information about a
college they may be interested in attending or in a college they
may not have had on their radar at all.”
Kakavelos said all HFM Career and Technical Education students
will attend the Nov. 6 college fair with their program teachers
(9–11 a.m. for juniors, seniors between noon and 2 p.m.).
Students are allowed as much time as they need to visit with
Kakavelos suggested students do some online research prior to
attending any college fair to figure out which colleges offer
programs of interest to them. Knowing something about the school
and the programs it offers before attending the fair allows a
student to make the most of their time when speaking with a
college representative, she said.
“Students should come prepared with questions they’d like
answered,” she said. Suggested questions include:
• What is the size of the campus?
• What two or three popular majors
are at the school?
• How many students take the major
the student is interested in?
• What courses would a student take
during the first year for a particular major?
• What services or support exist
for undecided majors?
• What extracurricular activities
does the college offer?
• What percentage of students
receives financial aid?
• What research are faculty members
Kakavelos said students should bring a small notebook and pen to
jot down notes, as well as a tote bag to hold information
collected from various colleges. Self-stick address labels are
helpful (including the student’s name, address, phone number,
email address, high school, year of graduation, etc.), allowing
students to quickly provide information to colleges.
Kakavelos suggested students should be open to alternative
possibilities, because sometimes attending a college fair
exposes a student to an opportunity they hadn’t previously
Both Kakavelos and school counselor Kathleen Daly will be on
hand during the HFM BOCES college fair to help students navigate
“The more colleges the students see and are exposed to, the
better idea they have about where they might fit in,” said
Kakavelos. “Communicating with an admissions representative can
For additional information on FMCC’s Oct. 24 college fair,
The colleges listed below will participate in the Nov. 6 HFM
fair. Please check back as this list will be updated.
• Adirondack Community College
• Alfred State College
• Bryant and Stratton
• Clinton Community College
• SUNY Canton
• SUNY Delhi
• SUNY ESF
• Fulton Montgomery Community
• Fulton Montgomery Community
College Financial Aid
• Herkimer Community College
• Hudson Valley Community College
• ITT Technical Institute
• Johnson and Wales University
• Mohawk Valley Community College
• North Country Community College
• Tompkins Cortland Community
• Paul Smith’s College
• Schenectady County Community
• Utica School of Commerce
• Universal Technical Institute.