The Pennsylvania State University Alumni Admissions Volunteer Program

Recruitment Activities

  1. College Fairs
  2. LionsROAR
  3. Prospect Receptions
  4. Offer Receptions
  5. Chat Rooms
  6. High School Visits
  7. Student Send-Offs

College Fairs - During the Fair

College Fair Description | College Fair Guidelines
Table Set-Up | Before the Fair | During the Fair
After the Fair

  • Arrive on time and check in at the registration desk.
  • Dress to best represent Penn State.
  • Smile and be positive. You are Penn State to the students and families.
  • Never speak negatively about another college or university.
  • Be courteous to other reprensentatives and fair attendees.
  • Always stand behind your table at a college fair; never stand in the aisles or in front of the table.
  • Keep aisles clear of boxes and materials.
  • Limit the number of volunteers to two at local college fairs. Usually you will only need four people at large regional fairs.
  • Allow students to freely choose the college table that they would like to visit; never call them to your table.
  • Stay for the entire program.

Tables are usually assigned at each college fair.  Upon arrival, place the Penn State banner (available from the AAC leader) on the front of the table and arrange your supply of brochures, student information cards, and pencils on the table.  Students will stop by to ask you questions.  Please answer as many as you can, drawing from your knowledge, personal experience, and training materials.  Refer any questions you are unable to answer to the Admissions Office.  Encourage all students to complete an information card.

Who gets what pieces of information at a college fair?

All students should receive the handout brochure (the four-page informational brochure).  This is the best piece of information for students at all levels of their exploration process.  For seniors, you can feel free to provide them with a viewbook if they have not already received one.  It gives great information on the campuses and other important facts they should have.  Be aware, however, that most students will have already received a viewbook due to a mass mailing that we do.  Applications should only be given to seniors.  Seniors should also be encouraged to complete the web application.  Also, be sure that any student wishing to be included on our mailing list completes an information card.  The student can give it to you to return, or can mail it directly to the Admissions Office.

What is an information card?

The information card is essentially a biographical data form for students to complete. It serves several purposes: First, it will ensure that student is on our mailing list for future mailings such as applications, viewbooks, etc. Second, it allows the student to request any information he/she might like. For example, student aid information, information on specific majors, or specific campuses can be requested on a single card. Third, it will allow us to invite the student to future events, such as chat rooms.