Students and Parents
Information for Students and Parents
College Fairs offer students and their families a free opportunity to explore multiple postsecondary options in one location. Attendees can ask questions, gather literature, learn more about familiar schools, and discover new ones.
Minnesota students have three major options for college fairs which are described below. Some high schools may bus students to these fairs during daytime hours. Students are encouraged to check with their guidance office to learn more about their school's participation in the fair. High Schools listed with each MEF fair are specifically invited by the hosting institution, however all students and parents are welcome to attend any of these fairs.
Minnesota Education Fairs (MEFs)
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 postsecondary schools, and high schools. College representatives from postsecondary schools throughout the Midwest and some other states attend to share information about their educational programs with students and parents. For MEF schedules, attending institutions, and directions to each location, click here.
Minnesota National College Fair
Minneapolis Convention Center
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 at any time. 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.
2012 Minneapolis Performing and Visual Arts Fair
The Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) College Fair is designed for students interested in pursuing undergraduate and graduate study in the areas of music, dance, theater, visual arts, graphic design, and other related disciplines.
The PVA College Fair will be held in October 2012. More information will be forthcoming.