College & Counselor Fairs
Frequently Asked Questions

The College and Counselor Fairs give conference attendees the opportunity to talk to their colleagues ‘on the other side of the desk’. The College Fair is exactly what you’d expect; the colleges and universities stand behind their tables while the counselors move around the room. The Counselor Fair is the opposite; it is the high school counselors at the tables! What’s unique about these events is that they are specifically for our members attending the conference - there will be no students at either fair! All conference attendees are invited to participate, so expect anywhere from 500-700 attendees for each fair. 


Key Information

  • Please note that Fair Participants will be sharing tables with other institutions. 
  • The International ACAC College Fair for Canadian and non-U.S. universities will be held on Tuesday, July 12 from 2:30 - 4:00 PM. All university members will be provided with a table.
  • The International ACAC College Fair for U.S. universities will be held on Thursday, July 14 from 3:00 - 4:30 PM. All university members will be provided with a table.
  • The International ACAC Counselor Fair will be held on Wednesday, July 13th from 8:30 - 10:00 AM. All high school members, Independent Education Consultants, and Community Based Organizations will be provided with a table.
  • Shipping Details:
    • University of New Mexico
      ATTN: Donald Sollami, International ACAC Conference
      MSC04 2600

      1102 Johnson Center
      1 University of New Mexico
      Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131

    • UNM has limited capacity to store materials in advance of the conference. The participants need to limit the number of packages that are being shipped to two or three medium to small packages per school/university. Make sure to securely tape the packages, that the shipping information is clearly written or displayed on each box, and that the outside of the box indicates that it is for the International ACAC Conference. Please target a delivery date for your shipped materials of no earlier than June 15 and no later than July 7.

Top Tips 

What should I bring (and not bring) to the fair? 

  • Bring: Business cards - lots of them! 
  • Bring: A few high school profiles or university brochures to display on your table.
  • Bring: A school calendar and agenda - colleges may want to book visits.
  • Don't bring banners, books, big brochures, and anything bulky or heavy - conference attendees like to pack light. 

Helpful Hint: Some schools bring a little “swag” to display on their tables (for example: chocolates from Belgium or dates from Dubai). Feel free to bring something fun or unique from your high school or university, but know this is not required! Please do not bring alcoholic beverages for distribution at the fairs.

Helpful Hint: Bring a smaller banner as you will be sharing the table with a colleague from another institution. Smaller table banners are so much less weight, too!

 How do I network effectively at the fair?

  • Come to the fairs with a list of high schools or universities you want to find. It can be a bit overwhelming at first, so having a targeted list can help! You will receive a map of institutions grouped by region to help you navigate.
  • Do not be afraid to talk to people! This is a friendly and casual conference, full of collegial and interesting people. 

 

Do's & Don'ts for the Fairs 

  • Do wear your nametag - it must be worn to be admitted to the fair.
  • Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes - you will be walking and standing a lot.  
  • Do be mindful of space constraints when packing your supplies -
    less is definitely more! 
  • Do bring a jacket or sweater that can be put on or removed, if needed.The temperature inside the venue may be too warm or too chilly for your comfort.
  • Do arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow yourself time to locate and set up your table.