Minnesota National College Fair

Information for Admissions Representatives and High School Counselors

Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403
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Cancelled for 2020
NACAC is offering virtual college fairs this fall visit https://virtualcollegefairs.org/ for details.

Workshop schedule will be announced at a later date.

A list of attending institutions will be available early in the fall. 

The Minnesota National Fair, held each fall in Minneapolis, is one of the largest fairs of its kind and annually attracts representatives from over 300 different colleges and universities. The event also includes workshops on such topics as financial aid, writing application essays, and comparing college options. Some secondary schools arrange transportation to the fair for their students. Students and parents are welcome during the listed times. The National College Fair is free and open to the public. National College Fairs are offered annually at locations throughout the country, sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and regional associations like MACAC.

Colleges/universities must register via the NACAC website.

Student Welcome and Registration

The Minnesota National College Fair utilizes Lead Retrieval technology. This technology allows students to create a bar code of their personal contact information. A student or their parents can present the bar code to the colleges/universities to be scanned and electronically added to the schools mailing list. 

Students no longer have to fill out interest cards for each college, maximizing their time in conversation with college representatives. In order for this to run as smoothly as possible, students are highly encouraged to create their bar code prior to arrival at the fair.

Register students individually
Students can pre-register as individuals at gotocollegefairs.com.

Register all students

Schools can register all their students online, but individual student registration is preferred. Bulk registration of students must be completed by submitting their data online: 

  • Navigate to www.gotocollegefairs.com then choose 'Counselors' from the top navigation menu bar. 
  • From the dropdown menu, choose 'Helpful Tools'. 
  • If you don't have a counselor account, create one by clicking on the 'Register Now' button. 
  • After completing your profile, there will be a validation process to ensure the security of student data. This process takes typically less than one business day. 
  • You can print out your bar code immediately. 
  • Once you have a validated account, you will be able to register students in bulk. Choose the MN National College Fair from the menu and upload a spreadsheet of your students. 
  • You will be able to print all student bar codes, in alphabetical order, to hand out on the day of the fair so that students do not forget them.

Counselor Barcodes

We are excited to extend the counselor barcode option to all school and independent counselors this spring. As you bring students to our fairs, please consider registering for a barcode and visiting college reps as well. School counselors also have the option to use the counselor dashboard, where you can bulk register your students or track them with student interest and college interest reports. All information about the counselor registration and dashboard can be found here.

Apply for a Transportation Grant 

The Minnesota National College Fair Committee is excited to continue the Transportation Grant Program for the 2020 Minnesota National College Fair.

For the first priority deadline, we will consider all applicants for the grant. We will consider a number of factors including: schools with high populations of first generation and/or economically disadvantaged students, schools traveling from greater distances to the Convention Center, as well as number of buses utilized to transport students to and from the fair.

Anticipating a higher volume of applicants in 2020, schools or districts applying after the May 8, 2020 deadline will be considered on a funds-available basis. All recipient amounts for priority applicants will be determined and communicated by May 22, 2020.

Thank you!

-NCF Chairs 

Transportation Grant Application

NCF Volunteer Form

The National College Fair relies on the volunteer assistance to help in running the fair. Volunteer opportunities include working at the information booth, one-on-one counseling and assisting with fair set up and take down. Volunteer positions are for high school and college professionals only.

Volunteer Form

NCF Bus Information Form

The National College Fair Committee encourages schools to bus their students to the fair as an opportunity to explore postsecondary options. To ease congestion and facilitate bus parking we ask that all schools planning to bus their students provide their date and time on arrival and departure. 

Registering your buses does not guarantee a drop-off/pick-up time, drop-off location, or a dedicated parking location at the Minnesota National College Fair.



Heidi Wessman, Benilde-St. Margaret's School

Colleen Koppes, Iowa State University

Devon Ross, Augsburg University


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