Illinois College Fair Calendars

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Launch the College Fairs Calendar

View Map of Illinois Regional and IACAC Recognized Fairs

Register for Illinois Regional College Fairs

Illinois Regional College Fair Registration


College Fair Key

Illinois Regional: (formerly ICE events) – community wide program, involving multiple schools, requires registration and registration fee.

IACAC Recognized: non-NACAC, non-Illinois Regional, non-City of Chicago programs that meet the college fair regionalization definition, as approved by the IACAC Executive Board. (see definitions).

Transfer Fair: serves transfer students only

City of Chicago: usually single-school programs at high schools located in Chicago

State Articulation: counselor programs hosted by Illinois State Universities

NACAC: programs organized by NACAC in conjunction with State & Regional ACAC’s; require registration and registration fee


College Fair Definitions

+Illinois Regional and NACAC Fairs

Illinois Regional and NACAC Fairs
Illinois Regional Fairs are programs hosted at community college or college sites, or alternating high school sites; they are planned and implemented by several high schools from the area, along with an on-site director from the host venue. These programs are truly “owned and operated” by the schools that form their Planning Committee. Colleges and universities pay registration fees for these programs. These fees are used to offset some of the costs incurred by the host institution, and to guarantee a certain level of operating quality. Illinois Regional Fair registration will be available on the IACAC website on June 1.

NACAC fairs are sponsored throughout the country by our national organization – the National Association for College Admission Counseling. They tend to draw a national group of colleges and universities and are quite large in nature. We have listed, in the calendar, our own Chicago NACAC fair, as well as those occurring in our surrounding states.

+IACAC-Recognized Fairs

IACAC-Recognized Fairs
IACAC-Recognized programs meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. A program that is planned and executed by 3 or more high schools. Participating schools do not host duplicate programs.
  2. A program that is attended by 500 or more students and parents and 100 or more college/university admission representatives.
  3. A program that, at a minimum, accommodates students from an entire community college district or from an Illinois state regional school district. Participating schools do not host duplicate programs.

+City of Chicago Programs

City of Chicago Programs
IACAC continues to be aware of the unique issues surrounding schools located within the City of Chicago and therefore has chosen to list all programs taking place within the Chicago City limits. These are usually single-school programs.


Add/Update Programs

+Add or update a fair

Add a new college fair that is not already listed in the Calendar.

Update or correct a college fair that is already listed in the Calendar.



+View as List or Calendar

View as List or Calendar

View Illinois College Fairs as List or Calendar

You can view the college fairs in List view (like a spreadsheet) or in Calendar view. Press the Gear button in the top right corner and select View as. Select List or Calendar view.

+Exporting a List

Exporting a List

Export College Fair Calendars

You can export the calendars in many different formats. Press the Gear button in the top right corner and choose Export.

Selecting Spreadsheet will download an Excel file.

+Exporting a Custom List

Exporting a Custom List 

You can export a custom list that contains only select fairs. Only the specific fairs and header columns that are currently showing will be exported.

Export a list of select college fairs

First, narrow down the fairs you want to export. You can do this by either applying filters or manually selecting boxes next to specific fairs.

In this example, we have applied the Illinois Regional filter and the October filter. Then, we have selected two specific fairs by checking their boxes.

You can also select which columns of information you want to include in your export by using the Show/Hide Columns button, which is located under the Search button.

Then, press the Gear button in the top right corner and choose Export.

Selecting Spreadsheet will download an Excel file.

+Show or Hide Columns

Show or Hide Columns

Show or hide columns

There is much more information stored in the college fair calendars than you initially see. We limit the number of columns that display initially to make it easier to work with.

Press the Show/Hide Columns button, located under the Search button, in the top left corner.

Select the columns you wish to view. Uncheck the columns you want to hide. Click the Done button to update the list.

If you export the list, only the columns that are showing will be included in the file.