The 2016 Columbus Suburban College Fair

Sunday, September 25, 2016,
1:00 - 3:30 PM
Clements Center Otterbein University
Westerville, OH 43081

About:  Since 1980 a consortium of Columbus (Ohio) suburban high schools has sponsored a college fair each autumn to assist students and their parents explore college opportunities. Since that time, the fair has experienced tremendous growth in both size and stature. Each year more than 4,000 students and parents from the Columbus area and more than 200 colleges, universities and military representatives from across the United States have participated. Otterbein University has generously hosted the fair since 1985. The fair is presented in the spacious Clements Center. The impressive success of the Columbus Suburban College Fair has brought many accolades. In 1992, in recognition of its outstanding continuous service to students and parents, the fair was honored by the Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling as the first program to be inducted into the Ohio College Fair Hall of Fame. This program has been registered with the OACAC College Day/Night Calendar Committee.

FOR STUDENTS – College Fair Preparation

  • Look over the list of colleges participating. Target a few you want to see. The college tables are arranged alphabetically. 

  • Introduce yourself to the college representative. Shake his/her hand. Make eye contact. He/She might ask you to fill out an interest card or sign your name to a list.

  • Ask questions that aren’t answered in books or literature such as, "How do you assign roommates in the dorms?" or "Is it hard to change majors at the college?"

  • Print Labels including your name, address, email, and high school prior to attending fair.  These labels can be placed on interest cards for the individual colleges in place of handwriting your information.