OCSA's College Fair Expands for 2017

The goal of OCSA’s College Fair is to provide an opportunity for our students to explore a wide variety of post-secondary educational options. Through discussions and interaction with college representatives from around the country and abroad, students have a chance to network and learn about the institutions that interest them. We listened carefully to the feedback following our inaugural College Fair in October 2016, and our leadership team is excited about the projected growth and progress for this year’s event. Some of the most notable changes include:

  • The fair will be expanded to two days, to allow for a larger number of Arts and Academic Panels, Workshops, and Master Classes
  • Juniors and Seniors will have priority access to the college representatives at the booth fair, panel discussions, workshops and master classes
  • The booth fair will be for students only – Parents are invited to attend the Thursday evening College Prep presentations
  • Visual Arts, Digital Media and Film and Television will be hosting Senior Showcases and Culinary Arts will be highlighted during a special college rep breakfast

Student Registration for OCSA's 2017 College Fair

Registration for the College Fair is now open for Juniors and Seniors only. 

Register at https://ocsarts.gotocollegefairs.com 


College Fair Flyer

The College Fair Flyer provides an overview of the entire two day college fair, and lists the colleges participating along with their locations during the booth fair on Thursday, October 26 from 12:00-2:00.

Break-out sessions are for juniors and seniors only, but 9th and 10th graders may attend the booth fair once they are released from classes on Thursday.

High School students and their parents are invited and encouraged to attend the Thursday evening College Night Information Sessions from 5:00-8:00pm, October 26.

Click here for the College Fair Flyer

College Fair Handbook

The College Fair Handbook contains a description of the various arts master classes, academic panels, and other break-out sessions being offered both Thursday, October 26 and Friday, October 27.

Seniors will be given the links required to sign up for these sessions during the week of October 9-13 for priority senior registration.  Juniors will be provided with the links the following week, October 16-20.  These sessions are for juniors and seniors only, but 9th and 10th graders may attend the booth fair once they are released from classes on Thursday.

High School students and their parents are invited and encouraged to attend the Thursday evening College Night Information Sessions from 5:00-8:00pm, October 26.

Click Here for Detailed Information about Break-Out Sessions


FAQs for Parents

How can parents participate?

Parents are welcome to attend the Thursday evening College Prep Presentations.  The content of these presentations will include topics like Financial Aid, Stamdardized Testing (SAT/ACT), and Writing Personal Statements, as well as Panels on University of California & California State Universities,  Private Universities, Community Colleges, Arts Colleges and Conservatories

Why is parent participation limited this year?

In response to the feedback we received after last year's College Fair, we are focusing on providing quality face time for our juniors and seniors with the college representatives at the booth fair, panels, workshops and master classes.  It is our hope that this will result in meaningful connections between our students and the representatives of the colleges that interest them.  Parents are invited and encouraged to attend the Thursday evening College Prep Presentations, because much of the information discussed in that format pertains to helping your child navigate the college application process.

How can I prepare my child for the College Fair to ensure they have a meaningful experience?

One of the most important things you can do is to help your child create a list of colleges that he or she can focus on at the booth fair.  It can be overwhelming to see over a hundred college reps at their tables, and it can result in students wandering aimlessly rather than targeting those schools that are the best fit for him or her.  Help your student review the list of colleges planning to attend, which will be posted in early October, and highlight those of interest.  That way when the detailed map of college booth locations becomes available, your child can map out a plan and make the most of his or her time at the booth fair.  

Secondly, for parents of juniors and seniors, review with your child the numerous options of panels, workshops and master classes being offered on both Thursday and Friday.  Students are allowed to attend more than one break-out session, but will have to be thoughtful about creating a schedule for themselves by choosing those sessions they find most interesting, keeping in mind that some of them may be offered at the same time.  Your input could be helpful in this process.

Of course it's also important for parents to remind their child that they will be meeting representatives of colleges and universities, who are often on the admissions staff, and are involved in the process of reading and evaluating applications for enrollment at their school. Making a good impression on these representatives is very important. However, students should also be aware that the admissions reps are on their side. They are coming to OCSA to answer questions and provide information about their college or university that will be helpful to the students here. So remind your child to take advantage of this opportunity to introduce themselves to the admissions representatives as well as others representing the schools they are interested in. Face time with students is important for college reps and we want our visitors to get to know our amazing OCSA students.

If I have connections to a university and would like to offer a suggestion for a potential participant, what is the process?

We welcome your input. The preliminary list of colleges planning to attend the College Fair will be posted on the College Fair page of the OCSA website in early October If ,after you check the list, you have a suggestion about an additional college that you'd like to see participate in the fair, please contact Leanne Beck in Student Services. We wil be happy to reach out to them and invite them to next year's College Fair.

FAQs for Students

How do I register for the College Fair?

A registration link has been added to the College Fair page of the OCSA website.  Juniors and Seniors simply need to click on the link, complete the registration process, and print out a page with their unique barcode which they will bring with them to the College Fair. Scanning this barcode at college booths indicates your interest in that school as well as adding you to their contact list for future communication. 

What is the expectation for student participation?

Juniors and Seniors will have priority access to all facets of the College Fair.  They will be expected to attend the booth fair at their grade level's assigned time, and sign up for workshops, panel presentations and master classes that interest them.  Interested Sophmores and Freshman will be invited to attend the last half hour of the booth fair.

What is the purpose of the Master Classes, Panel Presentations and Workshops, and when will I find out what sessions will be available?

The purpose of these break-out sessions is to provide both students and college representatives opportunities for meaningful interaction and communication outside of the traditional booth fair.

What do I do if a college I am interested in is not participating in the fair?

We are happy to invite additional colleges based on your input. Suggestions can be emailed to leanne.beck@ocsarts.net.  Remember that it is unlikely that every college will be able to attend, but we will certainly do our best to invite a wide variety of colleges of nterest to OCSA students.

What food options will be available?

Food trucks will be parked on 10th Street on Thursday afternoon for students to enjoy.  Parents who choose to arrive early for the Thursday evening College Prep Sessions.are also welcome to purchase food from the trucks and join their students for dinner on campus.

FAQs for College Representatives

I have already responded that I will be attending the fair, and also indicated that I am interested in participating in a master class or panel.  When will I hear about the schedule?

First we'd like to thank you for volunteering to participate in a break-out session. As of October 1st, you should have been notified if you have been scheduled to participate in a master class of panel.  Inquiries can be emailed to leanne.beck@ocsarts.net.