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Streamlining the College Fair Experience

FAQ's for Students

  • Why should I pre-register for a college fair?

    The pre-registration process for students is simple and makes the college fair experience more efficient. You fill out a registration form out just once, allowing you the opportunity to elaborate on interests, extra-curricular activities, special accomplishments, etc., which you might not be inclined (or able) to provide on card after card at the fair. This automated process generates a personalized barcode that you print out and bring with you to the fair. College admissions representatives that you speak with can simply scan your barcode and your profile data will be automatically sent to them in a secure, electronic format for future follow-up. No long lines to wait in; no tedious information cards to fill out. Instead, spend your valuable time talking with admissions representatives and learning about colleges and universities. To avoid long lines, we strongly encourage students to pre-register for a fair online.

  • Where will my barcode work?

    Your gotocollegefairs.com barcode will work at any automated fair. Now, instead of filling out all those tedious student information cards at each table you visit, the admissions representatives you choose to speak with can simply scan your barcode with a hand-held device and efficiently capture your profile data for their files. If you pre-registered for a fair somewhere other than this site and received a barcode, no need to register again here. ANY barcode you have produced through ANY avenue of pre-registration will work at any automated fair.

  • How does my barcode work?

    Gotocollegefairs.com’s quick and easy online pre-registration process encrypts your student profile data and generates a personalize barcode that identifies you. You print this barcode out and bring it with you to any automated college fair that you register for. At each fair you attend, the college admissions representatives that you speak with can simply scan your barcode, and your profile data will be automatically sent to them in a secure, electronic format for future follow-up. Only the colleges to whom you present your barcode will get your information. You are in complete control of your profile information.

  • Is my contact information secure?

    Yes! Through the online pre-registration process, your student profile information is encrypted and a barcode is generated, which you print out and bring with you to college fairs. Only the admissions representatives that you choose to share this information with can scan your barcode and have your information sent to their secure databases. Gotocollegefairs.com is FERPA compliant and holds your privacy as one of our utmost priorities. We never sell, rent or lease your information to anyone for any reason.

  • What if I lose or forget to bring my barcode to a fair?

    You will notice a “reprint” button at the top of the student registration page. If you lose your barcode, simply click this button and enter your phone number to reprint your personalized barcode again. It’s really important for you to remember to bring the barcode to the fairs. Otherwise, you will have to go back to filling out cards at every table!

  • What if I want to edit or update my profile information?

    After your initial pre-registration is submitted to gotocollegefairs.com, you will receive a confirmation email containing a username and password. At any time, you can use this username and password to log in to your gotocollegefairs.com account and make changes to your profile information.

  • What if my parent(s) want to come to a fair with me?

    At the bottom of the registration page, you will see a button for a parent to register with you. This parent registration will be attached to yours, so admissions reps know who’s who. Your registered parent will also have his/her own barcode to use at the fair, so you can split up if necessary to get to all the tables you want to visit.

  • What if a fair I’m attending is not officially automated?

    It’s still a good idea to bring your barcode. Some colleges will have scanners they secured through a long-term rental. Even if the fair is not “officially” automated, you can interact with those colleges via your barcode if you bring it.

  • Can I register for more than one fair?

    Yes! During the pre-registration process, you will have the opportunity to select college fairs you plan to attend. Regardless of how many fairs you plan to visit, you only need to register ONE TIME on gotocollegefairs.com and print out your personalized barcode. This barcode is universal and once you have it, you should take it with you to any college fair you go to.

  • Can I register for another fair using my current username and password?

    Yes. You may access this option by selecting Add a Fair/Update Account/Reprint Barcode button on the homepage.

FAQ's for Representatives

  • Why make the switch to automation?

    Gotocollegefairs.com’s automation solutions…

    • Maximize students’ time at the fair by eliminating wait time and the need to fill out information cards at every table
    • Streamline traffic flow of the fair for both students and colleges
    • Offer an electronic format that ensures accurate, complete, legible information for every student, every time
    • Improve communication opportunities with prospective students
    • Provide a budget friendly, efficient method of adding student information into college databases for follow-up.
    • Supply a paper-free resolution for a more environmentally friendly college fair
  • Where can I use scanners to obtain lead data?

    College representatives can use scanners to obtain lead data at any automated college fair that they attend nationwide. Rent a scanner for months at a time during your travel season, and ensure that you are prepared to gather crucial student data effortlessly. Click here to view our comprehensive scanner rental packages and place an order.
    In addition, with our new long-term scanner rental options, colleges and universities now have options even if a fair is not officially automated. Students can register online at gotocollegefairs.com and print out their barcodes just as they would for an officially automated fair. College representatives, who have a long-term scanner rental, can take advantage of the benefits of our automated data retrieval process at any fair to which students bring barcodes.

  • How do I order a scanner?

    Our simple ordering process will help you plan your upcoming college fair circuit, determine which rental package is right for your college or university, and place your order. Click here to view our scanner rental packages and place an order. Scanners will be shipped in August to arrive before the beginning of travel season. Orders placed during travel season will be shipped within 24 hours of order receipt. If you have special shipping concerns, please call 888-601-0200 x 110 and a customer service representative will assist you.

  • Which scanner rental package is right for my college or university?

    Click here to view our scanner rental packages and place an order. It's easy to streamline the college fair process for students and your institution, improve traffic flow throughout your fairs, and simplify your data collection and follow-up procedures with our automation technology and convenient scanners! Gotocollegefairs.com offers four comprehensive, long term rental packages for scanners. When deciding which package to order, please take into account your experiences from previous college fair circuits and also consider the following…

    • How many fairs will your institution attend this season?
    • How many representatives will be attending each fair?
    • How many student records/leads do you anticipate collecting?


    After answering these questions as best you can, you can use this information to help you decide on the package that best fits your institution's recruitment needs.

  • What is Address Verification?

    Address Verification is an optional service we offer that takes the student's self reported address and converts it to USPS bulk mail compliant format. This information will be added to leads in a separate column and will not replace the self reported address which will also be provided. This service provides substantial cost and time savings over commonly used traditional cleansing methods and greatly reduces the amount of non-deliverable return mail. Address verification is offered at a flat rate of $100 per season.

  • What if I scan more than the number of allowed records?

    No problem! If you end up scanning more records (collecting more leads) than you originally ordered, you can easily increase your record scanning capacity. Starting with a minimum order of 500 additional records at 12 cents per record, you can add unlimited extra records to your order. You will receive an email letting you know that you are close to the allotted limit and explaining your options for increasing your order capacity. You will not be charged for the increase without your authorization.

  • How will I access the student data I collected?

    Your excel spreadsheet or csv file containing your collected student data will be available at our secure website. You will access your leads using a unique username and password. The username and password, along with a link to “download leads” will be sent to the email you provided on the ordering form.

  • What if a student loses his/her barcode?

    There is a "reprint" button at the top of the online student registration page. If a student loses his barcode, he simply clicks this button and enters his phone number to reprint his personalized barcode.

  • What if a fair I’m exhibiting at is not officially automated?

    Colleges and universities now have options even if a fair is not officially automated. Students can register online at gotocollegefairs.com and print out their barcodes just as they would for an officially automated fair. College representatives, who have a long-term scanner rental, can take advantage of the benefits of our automated data retrieval process at any fair to which students bring barcodes.

  • Will all students have barcodes?

    Since this automated system has been in place for a few years at many of the national fairs, high school counselors are becoming quite diligent at relaying the importance of pre-registering for college fairs to their students. Of course, there will always be a few students who don’t register beforehand. It’s always a good idea to bring some prospect cards as a backup.

  • Will college admissions representatives receive information on all the students who pre-register for a fair?

    College admissions representatives only receive the student profile information of students that visit their table and present barcodes to be scanned. This provides the most appropriate list of leads and offers security of student data.

  • What information is included in the student pre-registration form?

    See a sample of the student pre-registration form here. This form collects much more information than the typical prospect card, and automating this process ensures that accurate, complete, legible student information is readily available to every college representative that scans a student’s barcode.

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