Minnesota Education Fairs

For Institutions and Admissions Representatives

MEFs are college fairs held in mid-fall and spring throughout Minnesota at high schools and other venues. They are a result of the collaborative work of MACAC, public and private post-secondary schools, and high schools. College representatives from post-secondary schools throughout the Midwest and other states attend to share information about their educational programs with students and parents.  

MEF ELIGIBILITY FOR 2020-21 Please read before proceeding!

MEF participation and registration is limited to educational institutions and college- or university-affiliated ROTC programs that are 2020-21 MACAC Post-Secondary or Organizational members. JOIN or RENEW!

  • Eligibility: MEF participation is limited to educational institutions that are 2020-2021 MACAC Post-Secondary members. MEF participation and registration is limited to Title IV eligible and accredited colleges, universities, college- or university-affiliated ROTC programs, other post-secondary institutions, or programs offering curricular study leading to a degree or diploma. NOTE: The home institution that an ROTC program is affiliated with must be a current MACAC member and a 2020-2021 paid Contract Holder.
  • Representatives must adhere to the MEF Regulations and Statement of Principles of Good Practice .
  • Colleges and universities will be permitted to have alumni representatives present at college fairs. While the maximum number of people representing an institution remains at two, one or both of these individuals may be alumni. It is the responsibility of the institution to adequately train the alumni representative(s) as outlined in the NACAC Alumni Guidelines manual. The alumni representative must also adhere to the NACAC Statement of Principles and Good Practices and all MEF Rules and Regulations. Any violations of the NACAC SPGP or MEF Rules and Regulations by the alumni representative(s) for an institution may result in that institution’s MEF contract being cancelled without a refund.

Fall and Spring Registration

MACAC is committed to ensuring that educational programming for all students interested in learning more about post-secondary opportunities available to them continues during these challenging times. Due to significant changes and restrictions resulting from COVID-19, all MEFs for the fall will be held exclusively as dynamic virtual events. More information about how to attend a virtual MEF will be made available to MACAC members, colleges, and universities, as well as students and community members in the upcoming weeks. We encourage you to check back frequently for updates as well as to reach out to us with any questions. Emails can be sent to Liz Hayes at macac.msc@gmail.com.

For colleges and universities: MACAC values your partnership in bringing higher education access to all students, and we look forward to partnering with you again as contract holders for MEFs. At this time we are planning to open fair registration in early August and will communicate more details shortly.

Lead Retrieval (Scanners) with gotocollegefairs.com

Lead retrieval allows institutions to scan a barcode containing student information at a college fair. Information is collected in an excel file that is easily downloaded into various databases. While there is no deadline to order your scanners and leads, it is highly recommended to order at the time of your registration for the MEFs. View the representatives page at learn more about how the scanners work. Key Features and Benefits:
  • Accurate information
  • Save time and money
  • Eliminate manual registration cards
  • No redundant data entry
  • Easily export data
  • Formatted data output                    
  • Reviews of Lead Retrieval

Ever Wonder What your Contract Fee Covers? 

The MEF Committee recognizes that the decision to offer a Minnesota Education Fair at a high school involves a financial responsibility on behalf of the site, and we share in the cost by allowing each site a maximum dollar amount. – as site chairs, it is not to spend without care. There are “admissible” and “non-admissible” expense guidelines. Food expense is capped at a certain dollar amount, and the other expenses are suggested ranges based on past site reports. Some suggested expense guidelines that are given to the site chairs are included below:

• Light Snacks for Representative Hospitality Room – not a full meal (drinks, cookies, chips)

• Table/Chair Rental

• Printing – in house, no professional services

• Advertising

• Postage – use other options than direct mail.

• Room Rental Varies – look for free space

• Custodial Fees Varies – try to avoid overtime

• Busing Varies – not needed at many sites

• Misc. Supplies – tape, poster board, etc:

Contact Us

MEF Committee Tri-Chairs:

Emily Mattran ,  Chanhassen High School
Ninette Carlson, Michigan Technological University
Jeff Polski, University of Minnesota 

Member Services Coordinator
Liz Hayes
MACAC Member Services Coordinator
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