Whether you’re going to the Seattle National College Fair as part of a school field trip on Friday or with friends or family on Saturday, you’ll want to make the most of it.

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Whether you’re going to the Seattle National College Fair as part of a school field trip on Friday or with friends or family on Saturday, you’ll want to make the most of it. After all, representatives from hundreds of colleges from all over the country and world will be there. Here are some fair tips from the organizer, the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

Before the fair

Register online for the fair at gotomyncf.com to receive a barcode for easy on-site access to college representatives.

Print the barcode and bring it to the fair as your electronic ID.

Ask yourself the following questions to help determine what kind of school would be best for you:

• Do I want to attend a large, medium or small school?
• What major do I wish to study?
• Do I want to attend an urban, suburban or rural school?
• Do I want to attend a two-year, four-year, single-sex or religiously-affiliated school?
• Do I want to participate in athletics, clubs, fraternities, sororities or special programs such as study abroad or cooperative education?

Research colleges attending the fair to determine if they meet your search criteria.

Make a list of questions to ask college representatives.

At the fair

Pick up a fair directory and bag for all of the materials you collect.

Visit schools that match or nearly match your search criteria.

Be adventurous. Don’t just talk to the well-known schools.

Ask the college representative to scan your barcode. This will allow the representative to follow up with you directly — and quickly.

Ask the same questions to each college representative you visit.

Take notes. Write down what you find most interesting about each college.

Attend an information session to learn more about financial aid, the college search process and other topics.

After the fair

Review college websites, catalogs and viewbooks to help narrow your choices.

Send a thank you note/email to the college representatives you met. This simple gesture can show admission officials you’re serious about wanting to attend their college.