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Rochester in Your Area

COVID-19 travel restrictions

Discover Rochester virtually

Due to COVID-19, our admissions staff are not currently hosting off-campus events. But don’t miss out on discovering how Rochester could be the place for you! Get to know us through our virtual events, ranging from information sessions to virtual workshops.

Register for a virtual event

High school students on campus posing for a group photo.

High school/community-based organization visits

Most of our high school and community-based organization (CBO) visits take place August–November. During these visits, we engage with you and your school or college counselors to learn about your academic and non-academic interests, as well as about who you are in the context of your secondary school. We also share information about the University of Rochester and surrounding city.

Visits typically last 30–45 minutes, and we provide you with an opportunity to connect with the counselor who will (most likely) read your application if you apply.

A prospective student talking with a counselor.

College fairs

Throughout the year, our admissions staff and alumni volunteers participate in college fairs in the United States and around the world. These fairs let you:

  • Meet briefly with an admissions representative, either an admissions counselor or an alumnus of the University
  • Collect informational handouts and other materials
  • Ensure we have your correct contact information in our system

Fairs are held in several types of venues, including high schools, convention centers, and hotels.

University of Rochester swag on a table.

NACAC fairs

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) annually hosts a number of large college fairs throughout the United States and Canada. These college fairs are free and open to the public. NACAC encourages prospective student participants to register for these fairs in advance by visiting nacacfairs.org.

Tips + advice

How best to prepare for a college fair

Whether you’re new to the college fair circuit or a seasoned attendee, you can get the most out of your experience by:

  • Having a list of the participating colleges in advance and mark which booths you want to visit.
  • Keeping an open mind.
  • Coming prepared with questions to ask.
  • Printing out your name, contact information, birth date, and graduation year on a sheet of printable labels. This will save you time from having to write all this out on inquiry cards at each college table.
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