College Fair 2019 September 18, 2018 6pm-8pm
  • September 17, 2019

    6 p.m, - 8 p.m.

    Salem Civic Center


    Students across the greater Roanoke Valley can plan for the future at the annual College Fair on Sept. 17 at the Salem Civic Center.  Dozens of representatives from two-year and four-year colleges and universities, as well as representatives from career, technical and business schools will be on hand to meet with prospective students.

    The event is sponsored by the Roanoke City, Roanoke County and Salem City Public School systems and there is no cost to attend.

    All students are encouraged to register online at prior to attending the fair.  Advance registering provides basic information to participating colleges in advance, so students do not have to spend time completing multiple information sheets.

    Once registered, students will receive a barcode/admittance pass that they should bring with them to the fair. 

    NOTE:  There are many college fairs listed on the registration website -- be sure to select the event on Sept. 17 at the Salem Civic Center.


    • Before the fair, spend time determining what kind of school best suits you.  This major process takes time.  Remember, there is no solitary “right” choice; there should be a number of “right” colleges.  Your parents, counselor, and career center specialist offer many resources to help in your research.
    • Review the list of participating colleges and with the help of your parents and counselor, decide which schools to visit at the fair.  Visit those first, then explore others.
      Study the “Questions to Ask in College Decision Making” below and prepare your own personal list of questions to ask college admissions representatives.
    • Register in advance at and be sure to bring the barcode pass to speed up the information process.
    • Obtain from college/university admissions representatives personal business cards or pertinent college application materials as needed.
    • After the fair, if you are really interested in a school, write a thank-you note, using the representative’s name you contacted at the fair.
    • Follow-up also includes the all-important campus visits and talking with students and former students of the colleges.  They know firsthand what the academic climate is like.
    • Finally, your goal is to find a college where you have the greatest chance of enjoying academic achievement in a satisfying living environment.  A realistic assessment of your personal abilities and interests coupled with reliable information about your researched colleges will allow you to apply to colleges where you are most likely to be accepted and, more importantly, be successful!



    • Where can I get an application?  What is the application fee and deadline?
    • What do tuition, room and board costs?
    • How important are ninth, tenth, and eleventh year grades? Senior year grades?
    • Is it better to get an A in a regular course or a B or C in an AP/IB course?
    • What are your GPA and SAT statistics?
    • Are achievement tests required?
    • How can high school courses count for college credit?
    • Are there any other requirements?  Do I need to take any special high school courses?
    • How much math/science and foreign languages should I take?
    • What kind of recommendations do you look for?  School, community, work?
    • Do you have a summer transition program?
    • Are interviews required?  Are there group or individual interviews and tours?
    • When is it best to visit the school?  Can I stay overnight in the dorm and visit classes?

    Student Life:

    • Is there on-campus housing?  Is on-campus housing coed?
    • What percentage of students live on campus?  How are roommates selected?
    • What is the social atmosphere?
    • What type of organizations and clubs are there?
    • Is it easy for freshmen to get involved in activities and mix with upperclassman?
    • Can students have cars on campus?  Do I need a car?
    • What is the percentage of minority students?  International students? Special Needs students?
    • What student services are offered?
    • What sports do you participate in?  Intercollegiate, club, and intramural?
    • What are some of the other extracurricular activities?
    • How good is the dorm security?  What are the campus statistics?
    • What percentage of students study abroad?


    • How large is your school?
    • How close is it to local life?
    • How large is the city or town?
    • Is on campus parking available?
    • What is the school culture?


    • Is your college two or four years?  What degrees do you offer?
    • How large are classes?  Student/teacher ratio? How easy is it to get to know faculty?
    • How do you assign faculty advisors to students?
    • Do I need a computer?  Is there easy access to computer labs?
    • What kind of academic support is available?  Tutors, learning labs, writing centers?
    • Are first year courses large lectures?  Do professors or graduate students teach sections?
    • When must I choose a major?
    • What types of internships or co-op experiences are available?

    Financial Aid:

    • What types of aid do you offer?  Is aid academic (merit) or need-based?
    • What percentage of the students receive aid?
    • How do I find out about grants and scholarships offered by your school?
    • Are there deadlines, and what are they, for submitting FAFSA forms?
    • What else do I need to submit to be considered for all kinds of financial aid?
    • Do I need to file a FAFSA to get a campus job?
    • What percentage of students work?  How easy is it to obtain a job on campus?

List of colleges, schools and universities registered to attend

  • Apprentice School

    Averett University

    Bluefield College

    Bluefield State College

    Bridgewater College

    Carson-Newman University

    Charleston Southern University

    Coastal Carolina University

    Concord University

    Davis & Elkins College

    East Tennessee State University

    Eastern Mennonite University

    ECPI University

    Elon University

    Emory and Henry College

    Ferrum College

    Full Sail University

    George Mason University

    Glenville State College

    Greensboro College

    Hampden-Sydney College

    Hampton University

    High Point University

    Hollins University

    Ignite-Life Pacific University

    James Madison University

    Johnson & Wales University

    Liberty University

    Lincoln Memorial University

    Longwood University

    Lynchburg College

    Mary Baldwin University

    Mid-Atlantic Christian University

    Mississippi State University

    Norfolk State University

    North Carolina A & T State University

    Old Dominion University

    Paul Mitchell The School Roanoke

    Radford University

    Radford University Carilion

    Randolph College

    Randolph-Macon College

    Regent University

    Roanoke College

    Shenandoah University

    St. Andrews University

    Strayer University - Fredericksburg Campus

    Sweet Briar College

    The Art Institutes of Virginia Beach

    University of Alabama

    University of North Carolina at Greensboro

    Universal Technical Institute

    University of Delaware

    University of Florida

    University of Mary Washington

    University of Missouri

    University of New Hamphire

    University of North Carolina Asheville

    University of Richmond

    University of South Carolina at Columbia

    University of Tennessee at Knoxville

    University of Virginia

    University of Virginia's College at Wise

    USNA Blue & Gold

    Virginia Military Institute

    Virginia State University

    Virginia Tech

    Virginia Wesleyan University

    Virginia Western Community College

    Virginia Western Science and Health Professions

    Wake Forest University

    Warren Wilson College

    Washington and Lee University

    Wesley College

    West Virginia University

    West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech)

    Western Carolina University

    Winthrop University



    More colleges will be registering to attend this event -- keep checking back for updates!