In a typical year, the College Fair would draw families of high school students for an evening or afternoon walking from table-to-table in a crowded gymnasium stopping only to talk to a college admissions representative to learn more about their university. Unfortunately, the year 2020 has proven to be anything but typical, and the College Fair is taking on a brand-new look and feel.

Instead of grabbing a quick bite for dinner in a drive-thru to allow enough time for collecting brochures, college bling, and a short briefing, students and parents are now presented with College Fairs online! What? How in the world does this work?

Well, instead of filling out more information cards than one should ever want to scribe in one night, virtual College Fairs are taking the experience to a whole new level. Instead of walking around the gym floor, students can now visit a “College Booth” and experience the school with opportunities to hear from students, read about academic programs and campus life, to chatting with an admissions representative LIVE! The only thing a student might miss out on is the free chocolate on the table.

It is necessary to register for these events before they occur and there are several making it possible.

The National Association for College Admissions Counseling is hosting its virtual college fairs in the second week of October.

The North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals is hosting its virtual Christian college fair this fall. At the time of publication, there was an in-person Christian college fair in late October on Atlanta’s north side.

The Probe Virtual College Fairs are in October and early November with an opportunity to learn from more than 160 different colleges and universities, from 31 states and three countries.

With hundreds of colleges and universities to visit from the comforts of your home, students are learning more today than they were at the local gym in years past.