College Visits and Fairs


College Rep Visits to the CCC

More than 140 college admission representatives visit PHS each year. This is a great way for you to meet in a small group with reps from your colleges of interest. Visits occur mainly in September to November and again in March through May. Visits are announced on the morning announcements, posted outside the CCC, listed in Naviance, and described here:

Fall 2018 College Rep Visit Schedule

Spring 2019 College Rep Visit Schedule

To attend a college rep visit, students should:

  • Pick up a College Rep Visit pass in the CCC
  • Ask the teacher of the class you will be missing to sign the pass
  • Bring the signed pass to the CCC at the time of the visit.

College Fairs

The college counselors of District 214 host a College Fair each April with representatives from more than 200 campuses across the U.S. This is a great way to begin your search. 

District 214 College Fair                      
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019                       Current List of Attending Colleges
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm                                   College Fair Booklet
Forest View Educational Center

There are several other Chicago area fairs scheduled each year. Some are more specific and specialize in areas such as performing arts, students with special needs or Spanish speakers.

Area College Fairs: Spring 2019

Going to a College Fair 

College Campus Visits

To schedule a campus visit, see the admissions section of the college website. Find out what types of tours, sessions and activities may be available. During your visit, try to meet with someone from the admissions office or attend an information session. Ask if they can arrange for you to meet with a professor or representative from the department in which  you are interested. Take a tour of the campus, talk to students, have a meal in the cafeteria, and pick up copies of the student newspaper. Some colleges also can arrange for you to sit in on a class or stay overnight in a residence hall. 

Students may be excused from school if a parent calls the PHS Attendance Office to report the absence.      

PDF Making the Most of a Campus Visit

PDF College Comparison Chart