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by Mark Veronica

The 2016 Buffalo National College Fair

The Buffalo National College Fair is just around the corner!  We would like to invite you, and your junior class to attend this free event, held on March 16 & 17, 2016.  The college selection and admission process can be daunting.  With college representatives, professional counselors and educational workshops, we will provide all the assistance, to students and parents, necessary to conquer this challenge.

Pre-Registration - Please, please make sure that your students pre-register themselves for the fair.  You can register by going to www.gotomyncf.com

Your students will receive a printed bar code that will enable colleges to collect student data for important follow-up and allow your students to utilize their time efficiently.  Avoid long lines and wasted time at the fair by having them pre-register.

College Admission Representatives from over 200 colleges and universities will be available to speak with students, one-on-one, concerning their unique features, majors and life on their college campus.

The College Search Center is a resource center comprised of skilled professionals, utilizing computer programs, which can assist individuals to research facts about colleges/ universities, and create a list of schools to be investigated.

Workshops are provided Wednesday evening, for two sessions.  Pertinent topics such as SAT/ACT, financial aid, scholarships, college athletics, writing college essays and finding the right college will be covered.  See the attachment for the schedule and more details.

Again, the Buffalo National College fair is being held on March 16th from 9:00am to 12:00pm & from 6:00pm to 8:30pm and on March 17th from 9:00am to 12:00pm.  We look forward to seeing you there!!


The Buffalo National College Fair Local Arrangement Committee


Buffalo National College Fair Information Sessions 2016

March 16 and 17, 2016

ACT/Redesigned SAT

Session 1: 7:00-7:30pm

Room: 106A

Presenter: Dawn Longuil, Community Relationship Developer, Kaplan

An overview of both tests will be presented.  Tips and advice on how to best prepare for the tests will be provided as well as how results are used for college admission decisions.  Information on the new SAT will be provided.  

Financial Aid 101- Big Changes Coming

Session 1: 7:00- 7:30pm

Room 106B

Presenter: Kevin Ryan, Senior Financial Aid Advisor, University at Buffalo

You can never have enough information on financial aid.  This workshop is designed to help answer questions that students and parents may have about the process of determining financial need and awarding aid.  Upcoming changes to financial aid will be discussed including the new time line.

College Athletics

Session 1: 7:00- 7:30pm

Room: 103

Presenter: Brandi Guerinot, Director of Compliance, University at Buffalo

Important information for prospective student athletes will be explored.  Topics include recruitment rules, academic eligibility, letters of intent, and registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

The Right College

Session 2: 7:40- 8:10pm

Room: 106C

Presenter: Dean Reinhart, Ph.D.  Associate Director of Admissions, Buffalo State College- SUNY

How do you find the college that is right for you?  This workshop will help students and parents examine the important factors to consider when making a decision on where to go to college.

Easy Tips on Writing your College Essay

Session 2: 7:40- 8:10pm

Room 106A

Presenter: Frank Williams, Dean of Admissions Daemen College

This session gives you the opportunity to learn about what colleges are looking for when reading college essays.  You will leave this session with confidence in writing your college essay.  Some of the questions that will be addressed are: How do I decide on a topic?  What are the skills needed to start writing your college essay?  How do I know if this is the right essay to submit?

Applying for Private Scholarships

Session 2: 7:40- 8:10pm


Presenter: Cheryl Goldstone, School Counselor/ Scholarship Chair, Williamsville South HS

This presentation offers a brief overview on scholarships and tips for completing scholarship applications.  Learn how to conduct scholarship searches using the internet and receive advice on writing essays for the scholarship application!