The 31st annual Danbury College and Vocational Fair takes place Monday at the Danbury Mall. Over 235 two-year and four-year schools will be represented. The Armed Services, trade schools, business schools and the job service will also be at the fair.
5,000 students and their parents are expected to visit the college and vocational fair. Adults interested in further training are also being urged to attend. Chairwoman Valerie DeRubertis says this is one of the largest and most successful college fairs in the country.
Students and adults can talk with school representatives about majors, costs, entrance requirements, student life, sports and scholarship information among other topics. Students are urged to write up a short list of questions to ask admission representatives, including what the two or three most popular majors are. That can give a good idea of the main interests of the majority of the students. Students who are undecided should ask about what services and support are available to help them explore various majors.
Freshmen and sophomores are urged to ask admission representatives what they should do to strengthen their transcripts and activities. Juniors who attend are urged to start making a list of colleges they are interested in to learn more about heading into senior year. Seniors can make another contact with a school they're interested in or find a school they weren't aware of before the fair.
DeRubertis says college fairs can be very informative but they can also be overwhelming. Danbury High School counselors, including Spanish speaking counselors, will be on hand to help fair attendees. She says it's easy to get caught up in the crowds and confusion, criss-crossing the room, stopping at any booth that seems popular.
The Danbury School District website shows the list of institutions attending. There are also tips on what to ask college representatives and financial aid information on the Danbury site.
Students with access to a computer can print a few sheets of self-stick address labels with contact information, high school, year of graduation, intended major(s), and any extracurricular activities of interest. The label can then be put on information cards to save time in filling out the same information at each college’s table.
The College Fair will be held on both levels of the mall from 5pm to 8:30pm.