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College Fair

For College Representatives

We hope that you are able to represent your institution at the Northeast Ohio Suburban College Fair. Every year, approximately 800-1,000 people attend this fair, making it one of the largest college fairs in the area, attracting students and families predominantly from Cleveland’s eastern suburbs.

For College and University Representatives Only

Registration is now closed for the fair. We have reached our capacity for this event. 

Fair Information for College Representatives

If you’ve already registered to attend the college fair, be sure to click here for details about parking, arrival, and hospitality.

We are so happy to welcome you to John Carroll University as a participant in this year’s Northeast Ohio Suburban College Fair. Please read below for important information.

College and University registration for this fair has now closed. 

Directions to John Carroll

John Carroll University is located in University Heights, Ohio, an eastern suburb of Cleveland. It is easily accessible from downtown, I-271, and I-480. Please click here for driving directions to campus.

Arrival and Parking

We encourage all college representatives to use the entrance on John Carroll Blvd. (across from a small shopping plaza off of Fairmount Circle). You should turn right once entering campus and follow the signs for college representative drop-off and parking.

We will have a drop-off area for materials on the northeast side of the Dolan Center for Science and Technology. This is an area between the Dolan East parking lot and the Carroll Expansion parking lot. Student volunteers from nearby high schools will be ready to help unload your vehicle and take your materials inside.

View this campus map that shows the parking and drop-off areas.


When making travel arrangements, please know that a deluxe soup and salad buffet dinner is served for all college representatives and is included in your registration fee. The buffet opens at 5 p.m., and is located in the same building as the college fair. Enjoy a light and delicious meal while engaging in conversation with some of your colleagues from other institutions!

Fair Guidelines

The Northeast Ohio Suburban College Fair is approved by the Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC) and is listed on the OACAC’s official college fair calendar. Please read the guidelines outlined by the OACAC for participation in college fairs.

For School Counselors

We sincerely hope that you will help to promote attendance by your students and families at the Northeast Ohio Suburban College Fair. This has been a successful fair – and an attractive one for colleges to attend – in large part because of your commitment to making sure families are aware of this event. We kindly request that you continue to help us advertise the fair in your counseling newsletters, on social media, through emails to students and parents, in Naviance or other online college planning tools, and of course in the offices and hallways of your school.

You can download an 8.5″ x 11″ flyer to distribute to fellow colleagues and teachers, students, and families either in print or electronically.

Finally, we hope that you will be able to join us for this year’s fair. We’d love to welcome you to JCU’s campus and treat you to dinner with college representatives beginning at 5 p.m.

NEOS College Fair poster

Click here to download.

For Students and Families

We look forward to welcoming students and families from across Northeast Ohio to John Carroll University for the Northeast Ohio Suburban College Fair, to be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

You’re Invited to attend the Northeast Ohio Suburban College Fair!

Date: Coming soon! 

You will have the opportunity to speak with admission or alumni representatives from approximately 130 colleges and universities. There is no charge nor is there any prior registration necessary for students, families, and school counselors to attend this fair.

Click here for driving directions to John Carroll University.

Once you arrive on campus using the entrance on John Carroll Boulevard, the college fair is held in the large building directly in front of you (Dolan Center for Science and Technology). Parking is available on either side of the building. You will then proceed to the center of the building following the posted signs.

Coming Soon!

As you start or continue your college search, we’d like to offer some advice. Here are the top 10 things to consider in your college search process:

    Does the institution have a quality program in your area of interest? How does the program prepare you for the future? What are some “success stories” of recent graduates from that particular program?
    Does the school offer scholarships and financial aid to make it affordable for your family? What is the average out-of-pocket cost for students?
    Do graduates give back? Do they stay engaged with the school? Do they mentor current students?
    Are there students from different ethnic, racial, geographic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds? Are all students encouraged to share their perspectives in classroom and co-curricular activities and discussions, regardless of their background?
    Will you be taught by credentialed faculty members with terminal degrees, or graduate students?
    Is the campus primarily residential or are there a lot of commuters? What do students do on the weekends? How can you get involved on campus?
    Do you prefer an urban, suburban, or rural setting? Are there sufficient opportunities for internships and professional experiences as well as outlets for social, cultural, and recreational activities?
    Are students happy and returning for their sophomore year? Are they performing well and graduating on time?
  9. SIZE
    Do you want to be known by your professors in smaller classes, or more “anonymous” in larger ones? Do you want a campus that is walkable, or a campus that requires transportation from one end to the other?
  10. VALUES
    Does the institution’s mission speak to you and align with your personal values?

As you continue your search and conduct your research, consider visiting College Navigator. This website, operated by the U.S. Department of Education, allows you to access and compare data from multiple institutions in order to make informed decisions.