Virtual College Fair for Active Duty Service Members & Veterans


Our fair on October 30 was such a success for active duty service members and veterans, we've decided to leave the the virtual booths active. Prospective students interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree can continue to utilize our connectivity tools to facilitate direct connections with school admissions representatives at the more than 80 two- and four-year institutions across the country that participated.

Presented for free by the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration (CVTI,) the fair allows you to simply register and look around at your convenience. 

Event Details

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Free of charge, presented by CVTI

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The virtual college fair will take place from 3 – 7 p.m. ET. Drop in/out when it is convenient for you.

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Visit the Resource Booth once you’ve logged in to speak with college admission experts who can assist you in navigating the fair.

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The fair is hosted by Campus Groups. 

Prepare for the Fair

Research the Institutions
Identify some institutions you are interested in using online search tools i.e. BigFuture or National Center for Education Statistics.
Browse colleges' websites.
Factors to ConsiderRank the most important factors you want to consider (i.e. transfer credits, location, size of student population, cost, retention rates, job opportunities, if there is a Veterans Center on campus, etc.)The fair will have community colleges, small liberal arts colleges, and large public and private institutions in attendance. Take a look at some colleges/universities you don't recognize and speak to at least one or two.
Prepare Questions What steps can I take to ensure my application is as competitive as possible? What is the total cost of tuition? How many student veterans are on campus? Can you connect with me with an alum or current student so I can hear about their experience? What services are available for student veterans? What is the job placement rate after graduation?
Make ConnectionsRequest the representatives' contact informationAsk them if you can get in touch in the future for additional information

Amherst College; Appalachian State University; Arizona State University; Azusa Pacific University; Bates College; Borough of Manhattan Community College; Boston College; Boston College Woods College of Advancing Studies; Bowdoin College; Brown University; Bunker Hill Community College; California State University Long Beach; Carleton College; Claremont McKenna College; Colgate University; Colorado State University; Columbia University School of General Studies; Cornell University; Cypress College; Dartmouth College; Emory University; Fordham University; Georgetown University; Grossmont College; Harvard University; Indiana University Bloomington; James Madison University; John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Johns Hopkins University; Las Positas College; Lehigh University; Louisiana State University; Montgomery College; North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; North Carolina State University; Northeastern University; Old Dominion University; Point Loma Nazarene University; Princeton University; Rutgers University-New Brunswick; San Diego Mesa College; San Diego State University; Sierra College; Smith College; St. John's University; Stevens Institute of Technology; Swarthmore College; Syracuse University; The New School; The University of Chicago; The University of Rhode Island; The University of Southern Mississippi; University of Arizona; University of California (UC,) Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California San Diego; University of Colorado Boulder; University of Georgia; University of Idaho; University of Illinois Champaign Urbana; University of Maryland; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; University of Missouri - Columbia (Mizzou;) University of North Carolina Asheville; University of North Carolina at Charlotte; University of North Carolina at Greensboro; University of North Carolina at Pembroke; University of North Carolina Wilmington; University of Notre Dame; University of Southern California; University of Tennessee; Knoxville; University of Wisconsin-Madison; University of Wisconsin-Platteville; Utah State University; Vassar College; Villanova University; Virginia Tech; Washington University in St. Louis; Wesleyan University; Western Carolina University; William & Mary; Williams College; Yale University

CVTI Resources

Attaining Higher Education

Prepare to transition to college using intentional decision-making. Aimed at active duty service members and veterans, with this course you will learn about the college admission process, including financial aid, to help you choose a right-fit college.

Attaining Higher Education Interactive College Map

This free to use interactive map was developed as a companion tool for Attaining Higher Education. Select and narrow down colleges of interest using criteria important to service members and veterans.

University Studies for Student Veterans

Led by a team of academic advisors from Columbia University with more than 20 years of experience supporting students—including thousands of student veterans—transitioning to higher education, this course offers strategies for academic success for service members and veterans navigating the transition from military service to the college classroom. 

Virtual College Fair for Active Duty Service Members & Veterans

Ongoing through Dec 15, 2020