Minnesota National College Fair

Information for Admissions Representatives and High School Counselors

The Minnesota National Fair, held each fall in Minneapolis, is one of the largest fairs of its kind and annually attracts representatives from over 350 different colleges and universities. The event also includes workshops on such topics as financial aid, writing application essays, and comparing college options. Some secondary schools arrange transportation to the fair for their students. Students and parents are welcome during the listed times. The National College Fair is free and open to the public. National College Fairs are offered annually at locations throughout the country, sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and regional associations like MACAC.

Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South, 
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Directions and Parking

  • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. 
  • WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2014 , 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The NACAC National College Fair Event Guide (map and list of institutions will be available in September.

Register Students for Lead Retrieval

The 2014 Minnesota National College Fair will utilize Lead Retrieval technology. This technology allows student to create a bar code of their information that will then be scanned by colleges at the fair.

Students will no longer have to fill out interest cards for each college, maximizing their time in conversation with college representatives. In order for this to run as smoothly as possible students are highly encouraged to create their bar code prior to arrival at the fair.

Register students individually

Students can pre-register as individuals up to October 3 at gotocollegefairs.com.

Register all students

Schools can register all their students online, but individual student registration is preferred.  Bulk registration of students must be completed by August 26 by submitting their data online. DOWNLOAD DIRECTIONS

View this NACAC Information video on Lead Retrieval Technology to learn more!

National College Fair Transportation Grant Application

The Minnesota National College Fair Committee is excited to announce a pilot Transportation Grant Program for the 2014 Minnesota National College Fair. Priority consideration will be given to schools with high populations of diverse, first generation, or economically disadvantaged students, but all schools that apply will be considered.  The deadline for the Transportation Grant application has been extended to September 17, 2014. DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION

NCF Bus Information Form

The National College Fair Committee encourages schools to bus their students to the fair as an opportunity to explore postsecondary options. To ease congestion and facilitate bus parking we ask that all schools planning to bus their students provide their date and time on arrival and departure. REGISTER YOUR SCHOOL

NCF Volunteer Form

The National College Fair relies on the volunteer assistance to help in running the fair. Volunteer opportunities include working at the information booth, one-on-one counseling and assisting with fair set up and take down. REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER 

with questions about Lead Retrieval and registering your students.

Ann Buesgens, Minnehaha Academy

Kaylene Roering, St Catherine University

Joe Herrera, University of St. Thomas


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