The Academic Fair gives you the chance to ask faculty questions, pick up materials (such as the syllabus), evaluate your choices, get signatures (if required) and conduct interviews or portfolio reviews.
The Academic Fair for Summer and Fall 2017 will be Wednesday, May 17, 2017, from 4–6 pm in the Costantino Recreation Center Gymnasium. Dates for the entire academic year are available on the Academic Calendar at-a-Glance.
Academic Fair Tips
Come prepared to get the most out of the Academic Fair
- Review the online Academic Catalog. The fair will not replace reading the catalog. If you have no idea what you want to take, talk to an academic advisor, faculty or core connector prior to the fair.
- Brainstorm and write down questions you have about programs or courses that interest you.
- Create a prioritized list of program and course choices.
- Some programs require prior preparation for acceptance. (e.g. - "Submit portfolio with a writing sample and an evaluation from former faculty." or an instruction from the faculty to attend the fair and interview or apply for the program). Check the catalog to see what is required and be ready to bring it with you to the fair.
- Check the catalog for signature requirements and prerequisites.
- If a program you're interested in requires a signature, bring a portfolio with samples of your work to the fair.
- Get a good night's sleep and come with a clear head.
- Arrive at the beginning of the Fair! Allow yourself plenty of time to do everything you need to accomplish. If you arrive at the last minute, you may miss the faculty you need to speak with.
What you can do at the Academic Fair
- Contact Faculty
- Get an updated syllabus, if available
- Gain understanding of the workload required for a program or course
- Confirm you are prepared for work in your chosen program, course, research work or individual study
- Get signatures. Remember: a faculty signature allows you to register; it is not a registration. After you get a signature, you must complete your registration.
- Speak with the Academic Deans about recommendations on current or upcoming curriculum
What you should do outside the Academic Fair
- If you need in-depth advising, visit an Academic Advisor or your current or previous faculty outside the fair.
- Confidential meetings with faculty or advisors should also be done outside the Academic Fair.
- While it is possible to find a sponsor for your individual study at the Academic Fair, you may be more successful by using the strategies listed on our Individual Study website. Have a back up plan for what you will take, if you can't find a sponsor.