An exploration of college fairs and the Colleges That Change Lives organization
While the admissions counselors here at Agnes Scott are attending college fairs to meet with high school students year round, the official start of the college fair season will kick off for us at the end of this month with the Colleges That Change Lives college fairs.
If you’ve never heard of the CTCL organization, it’s a great option for your college search process. CTCL began in 1996 when longtime New York Times education editor published his Colleges That Change Lives book, highlighting forty small liberal arts colleges and dispelling myths about the college admission process. Agnes Scott College was one of the institutions featured in that book, and in 1998 joined with other colleges mentioned in the book to form the CTCL organization.
The organization, currently made up of 44 colleges and universities, is focused on supporting a student-centered college search process. While all 44 colleges are very different (Agnes Scott is the only inclusive women’s college in the group, for example), they are all very focused on student-centered education. You can learn about all the CTCL schools here, or, if you happen to live near San Diego (CA), Los Angeles (CA), San Jose (CA), San Francisco (CA), Seattle (WA), Portland (OR), Houston (TX), Austin (TX), Dallas (TX), Chicago (IL), St. Paul (MN), Denver (CO) or Nashville (TN), you could join Agnes Scott at the college fairs!
If you will be joining us at this college fair or any other, you may have some questions about what to do at a college fair. We wanted to do a round up of our blog posts that may help you prepare so you don’t have to dig through the archives yourself!
College Fair Blog Round-Up
- ASC’s Rising Senior Summer Survival Guide (June 2023): We recommend checking out the section of this blog post about making your college list in order to make a priority list for the college fair.
- Making Your College Search Work for You (February 2022): Use this post as a guide to the kinds of questions you may want to ask of a college.
- Preparing for a College Fair (September 2021): Our guide to the college fair process; this post can be your guidepost as you enter the college fair space.
We hope these posts will help you make the most of your college fair experience. Find us on the road at a college fair near you to learn more!