"College nights" and "college days" are programs that introduce high school students to many different colleges.
Most college fair programs are held in high school cafeterias, gyms, or auditoriums and involve anywhere from 20 to 200 colleges. Several high schools in one area may sponsor a program and invite selected colleges to meet with students and parents. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions receives hundreds of invitations from such programs reach year. We can't attend them all, but we do try to have alumni representatives at large fairs where students from top feeder schools will be. Some exceptions are made, primarily to increase diversity or establish a presence in a new growth market.
Tables or booths are assigned to each institution. Please arrive at least 30 minutes early to orient yourself and set up your table display. Wear the nametag we send to you — it will identify you as a Saint Mary's College representative to the fair organizer, students and participants. Maintain a professional demeanor, and refrain from eating and using your cell phone while at the table.
AAP members talk with students and their parents. You'll hand out admissions publications and answer questions. Your goal is to have as many students as possible fill out an information card and return it to you. This is how we increase our applicant pool and follow up with students who have expressed interest in SMC. Students can mail these cards in, but we prefer that you collect and mail them to us as a group. This allows us to track activity generated from that particular fair.
For most of the students you are the face of Saint Mary's College, so please be courteous, friendly and informative. The college admissions process can be intimidating and stressful, so make sure their interaction with you is as pleasant as possible.
After the Fair
Once the fair is over please complete the evaluation form below to let us know how successful it was. This helps us decide if we should send a representative next year.
If you prefer to print out the evaluation form and send in the completed form along with your reply cards you can download the pdf below:
Please return your reply cards to us within 3 business days after the fair.