College Fairs / Virtual Events

In an effort to do our part to keep students, families, and colleagues in the Commonwealth healthy and safe in the ongoing pandemic, PACAC has decided to suspend its in-person Regional College Fairs until spring 2021. Decisions and details for the spring 2021 schedule will be shared in the future.




PACAC will be partnering with StriveScan to produce the Keystone Virtual College Exploration program for all Pennsylvania students this fall. To learn more about opportunities for colleges, resources for secondary school counselors, please go to the recording of the Town Hall Meeting for the Keystone Virtual College Exploration. Also you can view the slides from the presentation here.

The goal of the Keystone Virtual College Exploration is to:

  • provide Pennsylvania students with a wealth of college search information, allowing them to browse and learn about different colleges, and ask questions of admissions counselors, all in a safe, flexible, online format. 
  • offer college admission counselors opportunities to engage with prospective students while providing meaningful mentorship in support of their college search process. Colleges will receive student leads from the sessions.
  • support school counselors and CBOs with programming to supplement or complete college and career planning programs for students in a virtual environment. Counselors will receive resources to share information with students about the Keystone Virtual College Exploration before student registration in September.

Keystone Virtual College Exploration Program

  • Five week program beginning Thursday, October 1 - Friday, November 6
  • 45-minutes sessions from Sunday - Friday each week
  • Sunday sessions will be reserved for individual college information sessions at 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm
  • Monday - Thursday sessions will offer college knowledge panel sessions at 2pm and 3pm, with individual college information sessions at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm
  • Friday sessions will offer college knowledge panel sessions at 2pm and 3pm, with individual college information sessions at 4pm and 5pm
  • All sessions will be recorded and available on the PACAC website for student viewing throughout the Fall                             

For students:

  • All sessions in the Keystone Virtual College Exploration Program are FREE to students.
  • Once the sessions are finalized, we will publish the schedule on the PACAC website and share ready-to-use resources with counselors.
  • Registration for students/counselors opens on Thursday, September 17 - click here

For secondary school counselors and community based organizations:

  • All sessions in the Keystone Virtual College Exploration Program are FREE to students.
  • Once the sessions are finalized, we will publish the schedule on the PACAC website and share ready-to-use resources with counselors.
  • Registration for students/counselors opens on Thursday, September 17 - click here
  • We share this information with your families!

For colleges, universities, technical schools, military branches and career organizations:

The program will consist of college knowledge panel sessions on topics such as finding a college fit, choosing a major, tips for writing a college essay, and more, created and presented by admission counselors. We’ve planned for panels to take place earlier in the day (2pm and 3pm) to give secondary school counselors the option to utilize these sessions in their school day programs. The program will also feature individual college information sessions from a wide variety of colleges and universities. The program options available are:

  • Panel presentation about a college knowledge topic
    • Examples include, but are not limited to: Finding the Right Fit, Applying to College as an LGBTQ+ Student, Tips for Applying to Art Colleges, Do’s and Don’ts of Essay Writing, Navigating Financial Aid and Scholarships, Being Undecided, Test-Optional, Parents' Role in the College Search, Applying as a First-Generation Student
    • Your panel must include at least 3 colleges representatives
    • Panel participants will be responsible for assembling their own session and creating their content
  • Panel presentation with an affinity group of colleges
    • Examples include, but are not limited to: PA State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), Religiously Affiliated Colleges, Trade and Technical Colleges, Community Colleges, Out-of-State Colleges, Private Colleges 
    • Your panel must include at least 3 colleges representatives
    • Panel participants will be responsible for assembling their own session and creating their content
  • Individual College Information Session
    • Host your own dedicated 45-minute information session for your institution

Registration Dates & Fees

  • Registration links will be sent via email and posted on the PACAC website. PACAC members will be given priority registration. For more information about PACAC membership, please click here
  • PACAC Member Registration: Monday, August, 17 - Tuesday, September 8
  • Non-Member Registration: Tuesday, September 1 - Tuesday, September 8
  • College Knowledge Panel Sessions: $200 per college/organization
  • Individual Information Sessions: $350 per session
  • Representatives may participate in multiple College Knowledge Panel Sessions.
  • PACAC will review each topic, interest, and affinity group session to be sure it aligns with the goals of the Keystone Virtual College Exploration Program.
  • All sessions will be recorded and available on the PACAC website for student viewing.

Questions:

Please contact our College Fairs Committee - [email protected]