Look to the Future Week

Sunday, October 16 to Thursday, October 20, 2022

College Fair

Date: Sunday, October 16, 2022

Time: 4 to 7 p.m.

Location: Eagle Bank Arena at George Mason University

4500 Patriot Cir, Fairfax, VA 22030

The College Fair is designed to connect high school students with opportunities in higher education. It is one of the largest College Fairs in the region. It features 200 colleges and universities from around the nation as well as representatives from the U.S. Service Academies. Each year the College Fair draws thousands of students and their families.

Colleges and Universities Participating in the College Fair

  • Academy at Metropolitan School of the Arts 
  • Albright College
  • American College
  • American University
  • Appalachian State
  • Arizona State University
  • Auburn University
  • Averett University
  • Barton College
  • Baylor University
  • Belmont Abbey College
  • Belmont University
  • Binghamton University
  • Bowie State University
  • Bridgewater College
  • Bryant University
  • Butler University
  • Cabrini University
  • Campbell University
  • Capitol Technology University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Catholic University of America 
  • Chatham University
  • Christopher Newport University
  • Clarkson University
  • Clemson University
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • College for Creative Studies
  • College of Charleston
  • College of Mount St. Vincent
  • College of William & Mary
  • Colorado College
  • DePaul University
  • DePauw University
  • Dickinson College
  • Drexel University
  • East Carolina University
  • Eastern Mennonite University
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • Elizabethtown College
  • Elon University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Emerson College
  • Emmanuel College
  • Fairmont State University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Florida Southern College 
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • Frostburg State University
  • Full Sail University
  • George Mason University
  • George Washington University College of Professional Studies
  • Georgetown University
  • Gettysburg College
  • Glenville State University
  • Goldey-Beacom College
  • Greensboro College
  • Hampden-Sydney University
  • Hampton University
  • High Point University
  • Hollins University
  • Hood College
  • Hope College
  • Hult International Business School
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Indiana University Bloomington
  • Ithaca College
  • Jacobs University
  • James Madison University
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Juniata College
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Lander University
  • Lees-McRae College
  • Liberty University
  • LifePoint College
  • Lincoln Memorial University
  • Longwood University
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Lycoming College
  • Lynn University
  • Manhattanville College
  • Marietta College
  • Marist College
  • Marshall University
  • Mary Baldwin University
  • Marymount University
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • McDaniel College
  • McGill University
  • Mercer University
  • Merrimack College
  • Michigan State University
  • Mississippi State University
  • Montclair State University
  • Mount St. Mary’s University
  • NewU University
  • Norfolk State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • Northwestern University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Ohio University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Pace University
  • Penn State University
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Piedmont University
  • Pomona College
  • Providence College 
  • Purdue University
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • Radford University
  • Randolph College
  • Randolph-Macon University
  • Regent University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
  • Richard Bland College
  • Rider University
  • Roanoke College
  • Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
  • Rollins College
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  • Saint Augustine's University
  • Saint Francis University
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • Saint Mary's College Notre Dame, IN
  • Saint Michael’s College
  • Saint Vincent College
  • Samford University
  • San Diego State University
  • Seton Hill University
  • Shenandoah University
  • Shepherd University
  • Slippery Rock University
  • South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
  • Spelman College
  • St. Andrews University
  • St. John's College 
  • St. John’s University
  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland
  • St. Olaf College 
  • Stevenson University 
  • Stony Brook University 
  • SUNY at Cortland
  • Susquehanna University
  • Sweet Briar College
  • Syracuse University
  • Temple University, Japan Campus
  • Texas Tech University
  • The Citadel
  • The University of Toledo
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • Towson University
  • Trinity College, Dublin 
  • UNC Greensboro
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • United States Coast Guard Academy
  • United States Military Academy
  • United States Naval Academy
  • University College, Dublin 
  • University of Alabama 
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Florida
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Lynchburg
  • University of Mary Washington
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • University of Mount Olive
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington 
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Rochester
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Stirling 
  • University of Tampa
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • University of Utah
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Virginia's College at Wise
  • Ursinus College
  • Verto Education
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Virginia State University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Virginia Wesleyan University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Warren Wilson College
  • Washington & Jefferson College
  • Washington College
  • West Virginia University
  • Western Carolina University
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • WVU Potomac State College
  • Xavier University
  • Xavier University of Louisiana
  • York College of Pennsylvania


After registering, students receive a barcode. This barcode allows college representatives to retrieve student information electronically. Barcodes can be scanned from mobile devices.

College Fair Tips

Before the College Fair

  1. Register for the FCPS College Fair and get your digital barcode.
    • This unique barcode allows the college representatives to receive your information electronically.
    • Barcodes can be scanned from mobile devices.
  2. Take time to think about what you're looking for with your college experience. Naviance is a great tool to help you begin your search!
    • Do you want to attend a small, medium, or large school?
    • Do you prefer an urban, suburban, or rural campus setting?
    • Do the schools you want to visit at the fair offer your desired major?
    • Are you wanting to attend a public or private university?
  3. Create a list of schools you want to visit at the fair and the questions you want to ask the representatives.
    • What do you want to know about the school?
    • Do they offer the programs you are interested in?
    • What is the student experience like?

During the College Fair

  1. Bring your barcode.
    • It can be on your mobile device or printed on a piece of paper for college representatives to scan.
    • Plan to take notes about the schools you visit in a notebook or on your mobile device.
  2. Stop by the tables of the schools on the list you created and speak to the representatives. Keep an open mind and check out schools that you're not familiar with - they may be a great fit!
  3. Be confident and introduce yourselves to the college representatives. While you do not need to dress formal, make sure your outfit reflects the image you would like to put forth.

After the College Fair

  1. After the fair, go back through your notes and look at any information you received as soon as you can.
    • Talk about your experience with a trusted adult.
    • Ask yourself the following questions:
      • Which colleges stood out to you and why?
      • Which colleges can you cross off your list?
      • Which colleges would you like to learn more about, or perhaps visit?
  2. Use the information you learned to narrow your college list. Keep researching your remaining schools, and if feasible, schedule a campus visit.
  3. For the schools you are still interested in, send the college representatives you spoke with an email.
    • Keep it short, polite, and professional.
    • Let them know that you’re interested in their school and ask follow-up questions.
    • Remember that your School Counselor and College & Career Specialist are great resources for questions about the college application process.

Virtual Postsecondary Week

Dates: Monday, October 17, 2022 to Thursday, October 20, 2022

Times: Sessions are at 5, 6, and 7 p.m.

A four-night virtual event featuring live sessions each night!

Join us and learn how to be better prepared for the next chapter of your educational journey. 


Prior registration is not required. All students and their families are welcome to participate in one or all of the virtual sessions. The virtual session links will be published one week prior to the start date.

Schedule of Events

Monday, October 17, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Paying for College


Paying for College is designed to help families understand the financial aid process. Information provided includes understanding the Cost of Attendance (COA), when to apply, types and sources of financial aid, forms and financial information required, and how need is determined.

Paying for College Zoom link


Tessie Wilson
Chairman for College Access Fairfax

Dual Enrollment


Dual Enrollment provides an overview of how FCPS students can earn college credit while in high school.

Dual Enrollment Zoom link


Nile Shaikh
FCPS Dual Enrollment Educational Specialist for College Success Programs
Amy Neaman
Director of the Office of Dual Enrollment at Northern Virginia Community College

Monday, October 17, 2022 at 6 p.m.

Semester at Sea: How a semester around the world can elevate your college experience


Semester at Sea is a multi-country study abroad program using a cruise ship converted into a college campus. Learn more about this credit-bearing program as well as how to prepare while still in high school.

Semester at Sea Zoom link


Holly Twail
Senior Regional Director of Enrollment, Semester at Sea

Study in Spain - Universidad de Navarra


Study in Spain explores if you have ever dreamed of traveling around Europe while attending college. Would you like to speak another language and meet people from other countries and cultures? Learn about the process and steps to make college in Europe a reality – many students have already made this a reality.

Study in Spain Zoom link


Cristina McCarthy
Admissions Counselor, USA East Coast for Universidad de Navarra

Monday, October 17, 2022 at 7 p.m.

Getting Ahead: What underclassmen can do to prepare for college now


What underclassmen can do to prepare for college now explains how it is never too early to start the college exploration process.

Getting Ahead Zoom link


Eric Welch
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Coordinator and a Social Studies Teacher at Justice High School

Exploring Naviance Student


Exploring Naviance Student showcases how Naviance helps students take charge of their learning goals, explore college and career opportunities, and build important life skills.

Exploring Naviance Student Zoom link


Mary Lewis
FCPS Manager, Academic & Career Planning

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 5 p.m.

NCAA Eligibility Center 101: Steps Student-Athletes Need to Pursue College Athletics


This session explains the steps students need to take to realize the dream of college athletics.

NCAA Eligibility Zoom link


Glenn Terry
Director of Outreach and Strategic Partnerships

NOVA: The Community College Option


This session will introduce NOVA and include information on the benefits of attending NOVA and how to get started. Explaining NOVA’s application process, programs of study, cost of tuition and payment options, student services, transfer opportunities, and the NOVA student experience. Start here if you are thinking about beginning your educational journey at NOVA!

NOVA: The Community College Option Zoom link


Sam Ottenheimer
Admission Counselor at Northern Virginia Community College
Eunice Torkomoo
Admission Counselor at Northern Virginia Community College

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 6 p.m.

Work-Based Learning (WBL) Youth Registered Apprenticeships (YRA) in FCPS


This session explains YRA and other WBL opportunities in FCPS.

WBL and YRA Zoom link


Matthew Bechtel
FCPS Specialist for Work-Based Learning
Barbara Smith
FCPS Program Manager for CTE Trade & Industrial Education
Cara Kirby
FCPS specialist for High School Academy Career Experience

NOVA: Certificates & Workforce Development Programs


Interested in a career in IT, Healthcare, or another popular industry? This presentation will focus on alternative ways to begin your career pathway at NOVA by getting your certificate and/or national or state certifications that are highly sought after in these fields. We have options for degree-seeking pathways and non-degree-seeking (short-term) pathways to go directly into the workforce. Also, both pathways have financial assistance if families and students qualify. Come and hear about these opportunities and how to get started at NOVA.

NOVA: Certificates & Workforce Development Programs Zoom link


Jennifer Merrill
Recruitment and Engagement Specialist at Northern Virginia Community College
Amira Alexander
Recruitment and Engagement Specialist at Northern Virginia Community College

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 7 p.m.

College Success for Students with Disabilities


This session will help participants understand their student’s rights and responsibilities and the process and resources available to help their child transition to college. Students that recognize their talents and strengths, learn self-advocacy skills, know how to access accommodations and support in college and embrace new challenges as they transition from high school to college are much better equipped to succeed in postsecondary school.

College Success for Students with Disabilities Zoom link


Maggie Contreas
Career and Transitions Services
Sarah Blake
Career and Transitions Services
Dr. Lynette Henry
College Success Programs
Karen Huffman
College Success Programs

NOVA: La Opción del Colegio Comunitario


Esta sesión presenta las opciones que tiene en el NOVA. Esto va incluir los beneficios de asistir al NOVA y como empezar el proceso de ingreso. Algunos temas que presentaremos serán el proceso de solicitar al NOVA, los programas de estudio, el costo de la matricula e opciones para pagar, los servicios al estudiante, y las oportunidades para transferencia. Esta sesión le ayudara a entender el proceso del colegio comunitario para estar mejor preparado a empezar su jornada educativa en el NOVA.

NOVA: La Opción del Colegio Comunitario Zoom link

Presentado por:

Monica Gomez
Consejeros de admisión para Northern Virginia Community College
Viri Acosta
Consejeros de admisión para Northern Virginia Community College

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Postsecondary Planning Considerations for Military-Connected Students


Learn about special considerations for military-connected youth; from postsecondary planning, multiple school transitions, and high school transcripts, to highlighting strengths and experiences and financial aid opportunities, will be discussed, and resources will be provided.

Postsecondary Planning Considerations for Military-Connected Students Zoom link


Meredith Ayala
Family Partnerships Specialist and Military Family Liaison
Kristen Acquah
School Liaison Officer

Scholarship 101


Scholarship 101 provides an overview of the scholarship application process.

Scholarship 101 Zoom link


Marian Kendrick
Program Director for College Access Fairfax

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 6 p.m.

Considerations for Students with Disabilities in High School versus College


This session provides an overview of the considerations available for students with disabilities in High School versus a College setting.

Considerations for Students with Disabilities in High School versus College Zoom link


Naomi Martinez-Jones
Disability Services Director at George Mason University
Annie Santee
FCPS Employment and Transition Representative

Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Enrollment (DE), and International Baccalaureate (IB) in FCPS


This session provides details about the AP, DE, and IB programs in FCPS.

AP, DE, and IB Zoom link


Rebecca Small
FCPS High School Specialist for Advanced Academic Program
Daina Lieberman
FCPS Educational Specialist for International Baccalaureate Program
Nile M. Shaikh
FCPS Educational Specialist for Dual Enrollment

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 7 p.m.

Road Trip! Parents as Partners in Academic and Career Planning


This interactive session will explore the critical and dynamic role parents and families play in their children’s academic and career planning. Parents will leave with tools they can use, and an understanding of how to partner with schools to support their children’s postsecondary planning and successful transition to life after high school.

Parents as Partners in Academic and Career Planning Zoom link


Meredith Ayala
FCPS Family Partnerships Specialist
Mary Lewis
FCPS Manager, Academic & Career Planning

Celebrate Your Plan with FCPS Adult and Community Education (ACE)


This session is for students who may not be college-bound; detailing who we are, what we offer, and how to get started.

Celebrate Your Plan with FCPS ACE Zoom link


Bob Sargent
FCPS Career and Outreach Specialist for Adult & Community Education (ACE)

Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Are You Common App Ready?


This session explores how to approach your college applications and discover tools for students and families to help along the way.

Are You Common App Ready Zoom link


Meredith Lombardi
Associate Director of Outreach and Education at Common App

Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 6 p.m.

Military 101: Hidden Diamonds in Department of Defense Programs


In this session Pat Locke explains the benefits of numerous Department of Defense programs to obtain one’s postsecondary life goals. Students and their families may not be aware of these underutilized programs. This session will raise awareness and inspire students, parents, and educators to take advantage of these programs.

Military 101 Zoom link


Pat Locke
the first African American woman to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY

Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 7 p.m.

Standardized Testing in the College Process


This session explains the role of the ACT and SAT in the college application process.

Standardized Testing in the College Process Zoom link


Susan Rexford
Director of College Guidance at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School