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1 College Fairs Basics: Representing AU Enthusiastically and Effectively alumniassociation.american.edu/admissionsvols Then, click on Resources to access PPT

2 What are College Fairs? Opportunities for students to: – Gather information/brochures –Ask general questions –Complete a card to be added to mailing lists –Learn about a variety of universities –Meet admissions staff and/or volunteer representatives

3 Fair Characteristics Held in the fall and spring They may include 20 to 200 universities Brief questions should be expected Most are held in high school gyms or convention centers They are informal, and students and their families move from table to table to get information You can refer students to the appropriate campus office and/or their website if you are unsure of an answer Advise students to use as a resourcewww.american.edu

4 NACAC Fairs vs. Local Fairs NACAC They are typically held in convention centers They are sponsored by the National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) There will be an AU admissions rep in attendance at these fairs AU admissions provides brochures, etc. Local They are typically held in high school gymnasiums or cafeterias Many are sponsored by High Schools, Parent Teacher Associations, or area colleges You will serve as the AU representative and set-up table AU brochures, etc. are mailed to you by Pat Rabb

5 How are College Fairs Organized? Most fairs are set up browsing style They last about 2 to 3 hours Preparing for a College Fair Before going, review the recruitment materials that were sent to you You may also wish to look at online resources for Alumni Admission Volunteers Confirm the date and time Print directions or take GPS If, for any reason, you are not on the list, show organizers the material you have and ask if they can accommodate you

6 Class of 2017 profile Approximately 1,630 students Average GPA Average SAT score of 1256 (on a 1600 scale). From 46 states (including D.C.) and from 54 different countries. Include 50 U.S. Global Nomad freshmen (U.S. citizens living abroad) who represent 40 countries of residence.

7 Class of 2017 profile Almost 30% are from the South and West More than 10% are first generation students Almost 30% self-identify as a minority –8% African American –9% Asian –11% Hispanic

8 FAQs What is the middle 50% range for GPA and SAT/ACT? Do I apply directly to a particular school at AU? Do you have a required curriculum? How do students apply for University Honors program?

9 FAQs What is the average financial aid package? Is housing guaranteed for freshmen? What is the Early Decision plan? What is the Test Optional program?

10 What if you don’t know the answer?

11 Prep for Local Fairs Review recruitment materials and information about the event Attend this training class or complete self-paced via YouTube If the materials have not been received at least three days prior to the event, contact Pat Rabb at or Arrive at least 30 minutes early so you may set up the display table or meet the AU staff member

12 Prep for NACAC Fairs Review recruitment materials and information about the event Attend this training class or complete self-paced via YouTube For NACAC fairs, the recruitment materials will be provided by Admissions Arrive about15 minutes early to meet the AU staff member and assist as needed

13 Web Resources Link to Alumni Admissions Volunteers online resources: alumniassociation.american.edu/admissionsvols Virtual Tour: Copy of this PPT and the YouTube recording under Resources at: alumniassociation.american.edu/admissionsvols alumniassociation.american.edu/admissionsvols

14 Event Guidelines Attire and conversation for these events is professional Please silence your cell phone during the event Wait for students and parents to approach your table Do not imply a guarantee of admission to any student regardless of his/her credentials Do not compare AU with other higher education institutions Do not distribute anything other than the information provided Should you run out of inquiry cards, record the student’s name, address, phone number, HS, and year of graduation on a sheet of paper and return it with the other inquiry cards Leave a packet of materials on your table at the end of the event

15 College Fair Follow up LOCAL: with the estimated number of students you Scan and completed inquiry cards as soon as possible to Return AU cloth banner and extra materials as soon as possible to NACAC: with the estimated number of students you

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17 You’re helping to attract top students to AU!


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