Mark your calendars: The Seattle National College Fair, a free event that brings 325 colleges and universities to Seattle for a weekend, will be held Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 this year at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.
The event gives students and their families the chance to gather up reams of brochures and leaflets about the colleges, ask questions of admissions representatives and learn about financial aid offerings. Participants include two- and four-year colleges and universities, both public and private, including many from outside the United States.
The event is always highly recommended for high-school juniors, as well as seniors, because it can help younger students get a handle on what the admission process is all about.
The fair runs from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 31, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Nov. 1.
The event is sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling, which runs college fairs around the country. For the first time, NACAC will offer a specific program for international students who are going to high schools or attending ESL programs in the Seattle area; the international student portion of the program will explain more about the admission process at the nation’s colleges, and will take place Nov. 1 from 11 a.m. to noon, before the fair opens that day to the general public.