Kristen Miller, a long-time partner of North Avenue Education, is an independent college counselor in Portland, Oregon. She is the founder and owner of College Bound & Ready and offers free consultations to 8th-11th grade students and parents.
Of course, the best way to get to know a college and whether it is a good fit for a student is to visit the college in person. But with the average number of colleges on students’ lists consistently growing, it can be an expensive and time-consuming proposition to visit every college a student is considering. According to The American Freshman Report, 46% of private school students and 25% of public school students applied to seven or more colleges in 2015, up from 17% overall in 2005. Given that demonstrated interest is becoming more important to many colleges, what can students do to get to know colleges and show demonstrated interest without visiting?
Besides the steps discussed in this recent blog post, students (and parents) should research if and when colleges will be visiting their area, and plan to make a connection. Some colleges still have room in their schedules and budgets for individual high school visits. A high school’s counseling office should have a schedule of these spring and fall visits to share with families, and students should plan to attend the visits offered from colleges of interest to them. But many colleges aim for more bang for their bucks by conducting joint presentations with other colleges and universities or by hosting their own informational events at a more central location. If you or your student is looking to make connections and demonstrate interest in person, see below a list of upcoming College Admissions Presentations in Portland, Oregon, as well as websites to check for future visit dates in your area:
Join admission representatives from Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Virginia, and Washington University in St. Louis for a group presentation. Learn more about academic programs, student life, admission, and financial aid at these institutions. There will be time for questions and to meet representatives at the end. The event will be held on Monday, May 22nd from 7-9pm in the Moyer Theatre at Jesuit High School (9000 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, OR 97225). Please register here.
The “Exploring Educational Excellence Tour,” hosted by Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn, and Stanford is Tuesday, May 23rd at 7pm at the Crowne Plaza in Portland (1441 NE 2nd Ave). You must register to attend.
The following night Brown University, the University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, and Rice University will be hosting a joint presentation at the same location. The presentation will be on Wednesday, May 24th at 7pm at the Crowne Plaza (1441 NE 2nd Ave). Again, you must register online to attend and print a confirmation ticket to bring with you. If these are schools you are interested in, you should attend. Most of these schools do not visit individual high schools or attend college fairs, so this is your once-a-year chance to hear from the universities without going to their campuses! The presentation includes a brief overview of each institution, information on admissions and financial aid, and a chance to speak informally with admissions representatives. Parents are welcome to attend, but you must register all attendees online.
Jesuit Excellence Tour
Representatives from 15 different Jesuit universities will be gathering at Jesuit High School for a College Fair that is open to the public on Thursday, May 25th from 6-7:30pm in the student center (9000 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, OR 97225). For more information and a list of attending schools, check out their Facebook page or contact Claire Silva at firstname.lastname@example.org.
College Fairs are offered in the spring and fall, and are a quick way to gather information on colleges and show demonstrated interest. This blog post offers some college fair tips, and below are upcoming fairs in Portland:
Interested in pursuing a college degree in music, theater, art, dance, or other related disciplines? Attend the Portland Performing and Visual Arts College Fair, Monday, October 16th from 6:30-8:30pm at the Portland Art Museum, Mark Building (1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205).
The 2017 NACAC National College Fair will be held at the Oregon Convention Center (777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232) on Sunday, October 29th from 1-5 pm and Monday, October 30th from 9am-12pm. The fairs are free to attend, but students should pre-register.
Not Yet Scheduled (check back often)
Yale and Wellesley (and others) have plans to visit California, but are not currently scheduled to visit Portland.
Past College Events (check back in 2018)
The PNACAC College Fair at the University of Portland Chile Center was just held on Sunday, April 30th. The spring fair is less crowded than the National College Fair in the fall, and is a great introduction to colleges for sophomores just starting to think about college. You can see the list of attendees here. Be sure to check back here next spring, http://www.gotocollegefairs.com/, and mark your calendars to attend if you currently have freshmen or sophomores in high school.
Many more events will be offered in the fall, so check these links again in August! If you are looking for a certain school that is not listed, go to that university’s website and search for “admission events in my area.” If you have any questions or need help with college visit planning, don’t hesitate to contact me.