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The Big Virtual
College Admissions Fair
October 2nd, 2018
10am - 6pm EST
Set them on the path
to success...
About the Event
Choosing a college just got easier
The Big Virtual - College Admissions Fair is a national online event for high school juniors and seniors where hundreds of colleges converge to present their school. In this virtual setting, students can learn about and interact with these colleges via voice and text chat and live video streaming using just their smartphone. As you know all too well, there is a heavy burden and much confusion on the side of both the students and parents during the college discovery process. You can easily help clarify the situation and offer relief by registering your school with this comprehensive and time saving FREE event. Just follow the Prepare steps below and
set them on the path to success... 

To learn more, please don't hesitate to contact an eCareerFairs representative @ 781-795-1350 ext: 205
Why a virtual college fair?
It's just better...
A Quick Tour

Take a look at the simple and intuitive eCareerFairs platform below designed specifically to facilitate efficient communications between students and their favorite colleges. The modern platform supports both desktop and mobile browsers with no apps or programs to install.

Event Lobby Page
In the Event Lobby, students can search and view each college. Featured and favorite schools are listed first. College specific video tours, brochures, and other media is available on each booth tile.
College Videos and other Documents
From the Event Lobby and within the booth, students can view all materials posted by the college and submit their transcript and contact information.
College Booth Page
Within the College Booth, students can watch a live stream presenter and ask questions in a many-to-one format. They can get in multiple queues to chat with department specific reps.
Conversation Page
On the Conversation page, students and college reps speak one-on-one in a timed chat. All conversations can be rated and saved for later review.
Attending Colleges
We're working hard to ensure your dream college attends
Below is a list of colleges and universities that participated in the March 13th, 2018 event. We will be updating this list with attending colleges and universities for the October 2nd, 2018 event as it approaches. It is our goal to have over 200 top colleges and universities around the country participating in the event.
Colleges and Universities Attending (updated daily)
TBV-CollegeFair-Sept25th-ParticipatingCollegeList.pdf (340kb)
List of Colleges and Universities that Attended the Previous Event
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Tifton, GA | Undergrads: 3,284
Abilene Christian University
Abilene, TX | Undergrads: 4,558
Alliant International University
Alhambra, CA | Undergrads: 3,871
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC | Undergrads: 16,290
Aquinas College
Grand Rapids, MI | Undergrads: 1,920
Arkansas State University
Jonesboro, AR | Undergrads: 9,592
Art Academy of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH | Undergrads: 201
Athens State University
Athens, AL | Undergrads: 3,025
Avila University
Kansas City, MO | Undergrads: 1,876
Auburn University
Auburn, AL | Undergrads: 22,000
Avila University
Augusta, GA | Undergrads: ‎9,186
Baptist College of Florida
Graceville, FL | Undergrads: 307
Benedict College
Columbia, SC | Undergrads: 2,920
Brigham Young University Idaho
Rexburg, ID | Undergrads: 19,399
Binghamton University
Binghamton, NY | Undergrads: 11,745
Boise State University
Boise, ID | Undergrads: 22,113
Booth University College
Winnipeg, Canada | Undergrads: 700
Buena Vista University
Storm Lake, IA | Undergrads: 3,294
Carroll College
Helena, MT | Undergrads: 1,373
Castleton University
Castleton, VT | Undergrads: 2,246
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI | Undergrads: 26,968
Central Piedmont Community College
Charlotte, NC | Undergrads: 20,198
Central Penn College
Summerdale, PA | Undergrads: 1,462
Columbia College South Carolina
Columbia, SC | Undergrads: 1,041
Central Wyoming College
Riverton, WY | Undergrads: 2,243
Culinary Institute LeNotre
Houston, TX | Undergrads: 394
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Clarion, PA | Undergrads: 4,330
College at Southeastern
Wake Forest, NC | Undergrads: 540
Colorado Christian University
Lakewood, CO | Undergrads: 7,379
Colorado Mesa University
Grand Junction, CO | Undergrads: 10,662
Columbus State University
Columbus, GA | Undergrads: 8,307
Columbia College Chicago
Chicago, IL | Undergrads: 7,142
Colorado Mountain College
Glenwood Springs, CO | Undergrads: 5,823
Wright State University
Fairborn, OH | Undergrads: 16,655
Converse College
Spartanburg, SC | Undergrads: 870
Community College of Denver
Denver, CO | Undergrads: 12,367
Iowa State University
Ames, IA | Undergrads: 658
CUNY Queensborough Cmty College
Bayside, NY | Undergrads: 15,493
DeSales University
Center Valley, PA | Undergrads: 1,854
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI | Undergrads: 17,951
East Georgia State College
Swainsboro, GA | Undergrads: 3,063
Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Tech
Chicopee, MA | Undergrads: 411
Eastern New Mexico University
Portales, NM | Undergrads: 6,027
Elms College
Chicopee, MA | Undergrads: 1,022
East Stroudsburg University
East Stroudsburg, PA | Undergrads: 6,828
ENMU-Ruidoso Community College
Ruidoso, NM | Undergrads: ‎1,710
Fairmont State University
Fairmont, WV | Undergrads: 3,751
Fitchburg State University
Fitchburg, MA | Undergrads: 4,162
Fisher College
Boston, MA | Undergrads: 2,560
Freed-Hardeman University
Henderson, TN | Undergrads: 1,942
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA | Undergrads: 33,925
Georgia Highlands College
Rome, GA | Undergrads: 5,530
Fort Scott Community College
Fort Scott, KS | Undergrads: 2,057
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA | Undergrads: 20,517
Goldey-Beacom College
Wilmington, DE | Undergrads: 1,162
Grand Canyon University‎
Phoenix, AZ | Undergrads: 19,500
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA | Undergrads: 8,116
Hiram College
Hiram, OH | Undergrads: 1,134
Houghton College
Houghton, NY | Undergrads: 998
John Brown University
Siloam Springs, AR| Undergrads: 2,183
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS | Undergrads: 24,766
Kansas City Art Institute
Kansas City, MO | Undergrads: 627
Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw, GA | Undergrads: 35,600
King's College
Wilkes-Barre, PA | Undergrads: 2,725
Kuyper College
Grand Rapids, MI | Undergrads: 300
Laramie County Community College
Cheyenne, WY | Undergrads: 4,399
Lebanon Valley College
Annville, PA | Undergrads: 1,602
Limestone College
Gaffney, SC | Undergrads: 1,195
Maine Maritime Academy
Castine, ME | Undergrads: 949
Maryville College
Maryville, TN | Undergrads: 1,196
Mills College
Oakland, CA | Undergrads: 775
Maryville University
St Louis, MO | Undergrads: 2,147
Marist College
Poughkeepsie, NY | Undergrads: 5,576
Martin Methodist College
Pulaski, TN | Undergrads: 1,138
Mass College of Art and Design
Boston, MA | Undergrads: 12,702
Mass Maritime Academy
Buzzards Bay, MA | Undergrads: 1,751
Methodist University
Fayetteville, NC | Undergrads: 2,476
Millersville University
Millersville, PA | Undergrads: 7,927
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT | Undergrads: 16,703
Mount St. Mary's University
Emmitsburg, MD | Undergrads: 2,186
Montserrat College of Art
Beverly, MA | Undergrads: 356
Mott Community College
Flint, MI | Undergrads: 12,345
Moody Bible Institute
Chicago, IL | Undergrads: 5,077
New England Culinary Institute
Montpelier, VT | Undergrads: 257
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Tech
Socorro, NM | Undergrads: 1,598
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM | Undergrads: 25,312
Northampton Community College
Bethlehem, PA | Undergrads: 2000
Neumont College of Comp Science
Salt Lake City, UT | Undergrads: 285
New York University (NYU)
New York, NY | Undergrads: 50,550
Neumont College of Comp Science
New York, NY | Undergrads: 1,200
Miles College
Fairfield, Al | Undergrads: 1,823
Ouachita Baptist University
Arkadelphia, AR | Undergrads: 1,468
Oklahoma Baptist University
Shawnee, OK | Undergrads: 1,857
Our Lady of the Lake University
San Antonio, TX | Undergrads: 3,334
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Philadelphia, PA | Undergrads: 452
Paris Junior College
Paris, TX | Undergrads: 6,197
Patrick Henry College
Purcellville, VA | Undergrads: 304
Pensacola State College
Pensacola, FL | Undergrads: 9,469
Plymouth State University
Plymouth, NH | Undergrads: 4,200
Prescott College
Prescott, AZ | Undergrads: 703
Providence College
Providence, RI | Undergrads: 4,735
Ringling College of Art
Sarasota, FL | Undergrads: 1,270
Rochester College
Rochester Hills, MI | Undergrads: 1,059
Rocky Mountain College
Billings, MT | Undergrads: 894
Salus University
Elkins Park, PA | Undergrads: 1,007
San Joaquin Delta College
Stockton, CA | Undergrads: 18,610
Southern Evangelical Seminary
Matthews, NC | Undergrads: 325
Southern States University
San Diego, CA | Undergrads: 456
Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO | Undergrads: 11,978
Stevens Institute of Business and Arts
St. Louis, MO | Undergrads: 145
Specs Howard School of Media Arts
Southfield, MI | Undergrads: 167
Spelman College
Atlanta, GA | Undergrads: 2,061
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY | Undergrads: 2,011
SUNY Canton
Canton, NY | Undergrads: 3,800
St Cloud State University
St Cloud, MN | Undergrads: 15,461
St. Catherine University
St Paul, MN | Undergrads: 4,786
Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah, GA | Undergrads: 10,517
Savannah State University
Savannah, GA | Undergrads: 3,800
Southeastern Louisiana University
Hammond, LA | Undergrads: 15,403
Southern University and A&M College
Baton Rouge, LA | Undergrads: 6,489
Southern Wesleyan University
Central, SC | Undergrads: 2,414
St Louis University Madrid
Madrid, Spain | Undergrads: 750
Stockton University
Galloway, NJ | Undergrads: 7,854
Southwestern Illinois College
Belleville, IL | Undergrads: 13,221
Snow College
Ephraim, UT | Undergrads: 4,100
Valley City State University
Valley City, ND | Undergrads: 1,285
Taylor University
Upland, IN | Undergrads: 2,126
Tennessee College of Applied Tech
Shelbyville, TN | Undergrads: 600
Texas State Technical College
Texas, TX | Undergrads: 10,689
Texas A&M University Central Texas
Killeen, TX | Undergrads: 3,470
Tiffin University
Tiffin, OH | Undergrads: 4,940
Trevecca Nazarene University
Nashville, TN | Undergrads: 3,221
Trident Technical College
North Charleston, SC | Undergrads: 5,479
Transylvania University
Lexington, KY | Undergrads: 1,100
Truman State University
Kirksville, MO | Undergrads: 6,200
University College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland | Undergrads: 32,387
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH | Undergrads: 25,860
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO | Undergrads: 13,988
University of Central Oklahoma
Edmond, OK | Undergrads: 16,428
University of St Francis
Joliet, IL | Undergrads: 3,902
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Little Rock, AR | Undergrads: 11,665
University of Illinois Springfield
Springfield, IL | Undergrads: 2,959
University of Massachusetts Boston
Boston, MA | Undergrads: 16,756
University of Mississippi
University, MS | Undergrads: 18,785
University of Georgia College of Pharmacy
Augusta, GA | Undergrads: 859
University of Idaho College of Law
Moscow, ID | Undergrads: 363
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO | Undergrads: 33,266
University of Mount Union
Alliance, OH | Undergrads: 2,253
University of Nevada Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV | Undergrads: 28,600
University of Alaska Southeast
Juneau, AK | Undergrads: 3,765
University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD | Undergrads: 38,140
University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL | Undergrads: 16,699
University of North Georgia
Dahlonega, GA | Undergrads: 18,219
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA | Undergrads: 28,664
University of Saint Joseph
West Hartford, CT | Undergrads: 2,467
University of Saint Katherine
San Marcos, CA | Undergrads: 103
University of Saint Mary
Leavenworth, KS | Undergrads: 1,427
University of South Carolina Upstate
Spartanburg, SC | Undergrads: 4,476
University of Tampa
Tampa, FL | Undergrads: 7,079
University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, TX | Undergrads: 39,714
University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, TX | Undergrads: 26,797
University of Virginia College -Wise
Wise, VA | Undergrads: 1,292
University of Wisconsin Green Bay
Green Bay, WI | Undergrads: 4,076
Utica College
Utica, NY | Undergrads: 5,119
Valley Forge Military College
Wayne, PA | Undergrads: 249
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA | Undergrads: 31,242
Virginia International University
Fairfax, VA | Undergrads: 1204
Western New England University
Springfield, MA | Undergrads: 2,580
Western Oregon University
Monmouth, OR | Undergrads: 6,214
Western State Colorado University
Gunnison, CO | Undergrads: 1,883
Westfield State University
Westfield, MA | Undergrads: 5,636
Winona State University
Winona, MN | Undergrads: 7,656
The Big Virtual Partners:
Prepare for the Event
Follow these steps to ensure your students get the most out of the event
Click the steps below
1
Register Your School
When: right away...
By registering your high school for the free event eCareerFairs will:
Distribute important helpful tips, event updates, and reminders to you prior to the fair
Provide you with access to a list of your high school students and parents that have registered for the event
Assign you an eCareerFairs account rep that can assist you with any questions you may have
2
Notify Students and Parents
When: right away...
Reach out to students and parents and advise them of the event. Getting students to register for the event requires multiple interactions. Each recommended action is listed below. It is very important that you perform the interactions listed, or risk having a low registration rate.
Visit students in their home-rooms, class assemblies, study-halls, cafeteria, etc and ask the group to use their mobile devices to register. You can walk them through the quick registration process (the URL is: https://CollegeFair.TheBigVirtual.com/Register). This just takes a minute. This is a VERY effective way to get students to register in large groups.
A simple and effective way to get the kids registered is to provide the registration link to teachers of appropriate classes (ie: English) and ask them to have the kids register at the start of class using their smartphones. Here’s the URL: https://CollegeFair.TheBigVirtual.com/Register.
Repeatedly notify juniors and seniors about the event during normal morning announcements (provide them with the registration link - https://ColegeFair.TheBigVirtual.com/Register).
Email the students and parents a registration notice. Here’s a sample you can use if you hold the event during school hours (feel free to modify this to suite your situation):
SUBJECT: Register for The Big Virtual - College Admissions Fair - October 2nd

Dear student,

On October 2nd, <your school name> is facilitating an online college fair called The Big Virtual - College Admissions Fair at the school. We’re expecting several hundred colleges to attend and strongly recommend you participate in the event. Chances are your dream school will be present at the fair.

At the virtual fair you will interact with department heads of your favorite college using tools you’re familiar with such as live streaming, text, and video chat. You can learn the details and register for the event by visiting https://CollegeFair.TheBigVirtual.com/Register.

Those registered for the event will be excused from class for 1 hour on the above date and time and will report to the <facility> at that time. You'll be provided with a computer, or you can use your mobile device to participate at the fair (bring your headphones). We also encourage that parents attend the event alongside you to help in asking questions. We will have staff available during the fair to help you regarding signing in to and navigating the event in addition to the live chat help you can receive once online.

If you plan to attend, please register right away. There are some great event preparation steps that you'll be direct to once you register. Good luck in your college search!
Here’s another sample email you can use if students will attend during non-school hours or during Break (feel free to modify this to suite your situation):
SUBJECT: Register for The Big Virtual - College Admissions Fair - October 2nd - 10am-6pm EST

Dear student,

On October 2nd, eCareerFairs is hosting a national online college fair called The Big Virtual - College Admissions Fair. We expect several hundred colleges to attend and strongly recommend you participate in the event. Chances are your dream school will be present at the fair.

At the virtual fair you will interact with department heads of your favorite college using tools you’re familiar with such as live streaming, text, and video chat. You can learn the details and register for the event by visiting https://CollegeFair.TheBigVirtual.com/Register.

Although the event hours are all day, we were not able to schedule any time during school, however, you'll be able to participate after school during your free time. If you have a computer, using the Chrome browser is recommended. You can also use your mobile device's browser to register and participate at the fair. We also encourage that your parents sit alongside you to help in asking questions.

If you plan to attend, please register right away. There are some great event preparation steps that you'll be direct to once you register. Good luck in your college search!
Post a flyer advertising the event in strategic spots around the school (download flyer)
Another sure way to get the students to register is to gather them in an area with their mobile devices and walk them through the steps. eCareerFairs has developed a simple Student Preparation Guide slideshow that you can use. Press the Full Screen button in the Google Slides bar below to view the slideshow maximized. If you'd like to modify it to better suite your needs, click here to download the pptx file.
Be sure to post the event on your high school website, Naviance, Google Classroom, Facebook page (click the link to share), Twitter account, etc. Below is an image you can use for your school website and elsewhere (to download, right-click on it and choose "save image as"). The image link URL should be https://CollegeFair.TheBigVirtual.com/register
3
Determine the Venue
When: right away...
If hosting the event during school hours, determine the venue and notify the facility manager of the event date and time.
Identify a suitable venue to make available for the event. This can be the school computer lab, library, cafeteria, gym, auditorium, study hall, or other available venue. The location will be needed for 3-5 hours - the length of the event.
Students may need a computer browser (Chrome preferred) outfitted with a webcam and microphone to get the best experience
The students should be excused from class to participate in the event and typically need about 1 hour of time to participate
Consider a staggered participation schedule (ie: by alphabetical groups) for the students for a more manageable flow of traffic
Parents should be notified of the event and be allowed to participate alongside their student if desired
Note that all registered student activity is tracked and can be evaluated during and after the event. Notifying the student of this will encourage them to participate and dissuade them from wasting time
If students will attend after school, or during Break, be sure to send an event notification email to the students and parents (see email template in Step 2 above).
4
Review the Schools Reminder
When: a month prior to the event...
Remind students and parents to review the attending schools and advise them to mark their favorites (eCareerFairs will be sending registered students a similar message)
Here’s some content for an email you could send out to the students (cc the parents):
SUBJECT: Virtual College Fair Approaching - Review the Schools!

Dear student,

As a quick reminder, The Big Virtual College Admissions Fair is fast approaching (October 2nd)!

Be prepared by following the steps described on The Big Virtual landing page here (specifically, Steps 2 & 3 under the Prepare section):

https://CollegeFair.TheBigVirtual.com/register

Basically, you should be building your list of colleges you’d like to visit during the event and forming questions to ask the representatives of those schools.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
5
Attend the Event Reminder
When: a day prior...
Notify all participating students and parents of the event time and place it will be facilitated (eCareerFairs will also send an email reminder)
SUBJECT: Virtual College Fair - Tomorrow! - Be Prepared

Dear student,

The virtual college fair is tomorrow! It will be held in <facility>. You will be excused from class for 1 hour based on the following schedule. Students will be excused alphabetically by last name, where the first group is A-I for the first hour (10am), J-R for the 2nd hour (11am), and S-Z for the 3rd hour (12pm). Be sure to bring your mobile device and headphones - you will need them when communicating with college representatives. Also, be sure to bring your list of schools you want to visit and any questions you’ve developed for each school. Parents are encouraged to come and participate with you.

School staff, and I will be available during the event for any questions you may have. The host of the event, eCareerFairs, will also be available online to assist with any technical questions about using the platform you may have along the way.

See you tomorrow and Good Luck!
Students can use a computer browser, or mobile device to participate (computer browser Chrome is preferred)
Students should bring headphones when using a mobile device for privacy while participating in the event
6
Attend the Event
When: event day...
eCareerFairs suggests that students be called to the venue in groups (ie: alphabetically by last name, A-I 1st hr, J-R 2nd hr, S-Z 3rd hr)
Monitor students to be sure they are signed in and participating in the event
Students should be wearing headphones for privacy
Periodically ask if they need any help

Student / Parent Privacy Statement

eCareerFairs (an Echo Ventures, LLC company) does not sell, distribute, or solicit student/parent contact information collected (ie: via the Student Registration, or any other eCareerFairs process) to any 3rd party entities. Student/parent contact information is provided to colleges and universities that have participated in The Big Virtual - College Admissions Fair and only where the student/parent has visited the booth of that college or university. eCareerFairs will update students and parents of the event for which they've registered via email or text messages if they've subscribed to those notices.
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