College Fairs/Information Sessions

College News - BMHS Counseling is providing a list of upcoming college fairs and/or workshops that may be of interest to Bishop McNamara students. The Counseling Center will continue to add to the list as information becomes available.

College Fly-In Programs


Please check out this list of colleges that offer what are known as "fly-in" programs. These programs all look a little different depending on the institution, but they are generally designed to provide prospective "underrepresented populations" with an opportunity to visit the campus. Usually there is no cost or if there is, a travel assistance grant may beavailable. Each school has their own definition of underrepresented populations depending on the needs of the institution, but often this includes first-generation college students, low socio-economic status, and/or racial/ethnic minorities. These programs typically take place in the summer and fall of senior year.


Go to College Fly-In Programs

Sisters in DC ~ September 23

Traditionally known as "the Sisters", Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith and Wellesley Colleges will host an information session for prospective students on Saturday, September 23. The event will take place on Georgetown Day School's Washington, DC campus from 2-4 p.m. Register at Sisters in DC.

Exploring Educational Excellence Information Session ~ September 24

Exploring Educational Excellence, a travel consortium consisting of representatives from Brown, Columbia, Cornell and Rice Universities and the University of Chicago, is offering two information sessions in our area where prospective students and their families may learn about the selective admissions process, scholarships and financial aid, academic programs and campus life. Two sessions will take place on September 24, the first at 2 p.m. at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor and the second at 7 p.m. at the Westin Tysons Corner in Falls Church. For details visit www.exploringeducationalexcellence.

NACAC Performing and Visual Arts College Fair ~ October 1

The National Association for College Admission Counseling will host a college fair for students interested in pursuing a degree in the performing and visual arts. Representatives from some of the best performing and visual arts programs will be available to meet with students at the event, which will take place on October 1 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. For information visit

5 Top Colleges Information Session ~ October 3

Admissions deans and directors from five of the nation's top colleges, Bowdoin, Carleton, Davidson, Haverford and Vassar, will host an informational meeting for students and their parents on Tuesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. The program will highlight the educational experience offered at a liberal arts college and will include presentations from each institution, general information about the selective college admission process and financial aid. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. For information or to RSVP visit

Riverdale Baptist School College Fair ~ October 3

Riverdale Baptist School is hosting a college fair on Tuesday, October 3 from 6-8 p.m. in their Crusader Field House in Upper Marlboro. Over 25 colleges and universities will be represented and admission is free.

Washington University in St. Louis Information Session ~ October 4

Washington University in St. Louis' Office of Undergraduate Admissions invites prospective students and their family to attend an information session where they will learn about the university's academic programs, life on campus, and how to apply for admission and financial assistance. The event will take place on October 4 from 7-8 p.m. at Gilman School's Centennial Hall in Baltimore. For information phone 800-638-0700.

Harvard, Princeton, UVA, Wellesley and Yale Info Session ~ October 9

The Deans of Admissions for Harvard, Princeton, the University of Virginia, Wellesley and Yale will discuss academic programs, campus life, selective college admissions and financial aid during this information session. The event will take place on Monday, October 9 at 7 p.m. at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown. Prospective students and their families are invited to attend. Interested students may register for the event at

¡ALCANZA! College Fair ~ October 10

George Mason University will host the 17th annual ¡ALCANZA! College Fair geared towards the Latino student population in the DMV area. Over 200 schools will have a representative in attendance at the event, which will take place on Tuesday, October 10 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the EagleBank Arena (formerly the Patriot Center) on George Mason University's Fairfax campus. For information visit

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Info Session ~ October 10/12

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology invites students to attend one of their fall information sessions to learn more about the university and its application process. The first will be held in the auditorium of Fairfax High School on October 10 at 7 p.m.; the second will take place in the Shaw Auditorium of Walt Whitman High School on October 12 at 7 p.m. For information visit

Knights of Columbus Catholic College Fair ~ October 11

The Knights of Columbus of Northern Virginia are hosting a Catholic College Fair on Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Annandale. Catholic colleges and universities from around the country will have representatives at the fair to provide information about their schools. Students and parents are invited to attend ~ for information email Barry Dysart at or phone 703-850-0390.

Best of U Consortium Information Session ~ October 12

If you've thought of attending college overseas you won't want to miss this information session with six of the best universities in the United Kingdom: the University of Bristol, Durham University, the University of Southampton, Newcastle University, the University of Warwick and the University of York. Students and their families will discover the advantages of a UK education and learn about their application process at the session, scheduled for Thursday, October 12 at the British International School of Washington. For information visit 

Oberlin College Information Session ~ October 15

Aaron Mucciolo '02, an Admissions Counselor for Oberlin College, and Baltimore area admissions representatives are hosting a reception for prospective students and their parents. The event will take place on October 15 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. Please RSVP online at

Tufts University Information Session ~ October 15

Karen Richardson, Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management at Tufts University, will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the selection admissions process for students and their parents on Sunday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, DC. RSVP here.

Arrow Collegiate Tour (UMD Eastern Shore, Salisbury State) ~ Nov. 2

Arrow Collegiate Tour is hosting a one day college tour to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Salisbury University on November 2. The tour coincides with UMD Eastern Shore's 16th Annual Tri-Conty College Fair, which will provide students the opportunity to meet with representatives from over 40 colleges and universities, all of whom will be offering on-site admissions opportunities. The cost of the trip is $51 and includes motor coach transportation, presentations, campus tours, and admission to the college fair. For information contact Sabrina Crowder at 240-766-5407. Register online at

NACAC National College Fair ~ November 5

The National Association for College Admission Counseling will host a college fair on November 5 from 12:30-4 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Admissions counselors from over 100 colleges and universities will be there to meet with students. For information visit

Arrow Collegiate HBCU Tour ~ November 8-12

Arrow Collegiate Tour invites students to join them for a tour of seven HBCUs, including North Carolina A&T State University, Bennett College, Johnson C. Smith University, Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College and Florida A&M University. The trip, which costs $495, includes round trip motor coach transportation, hotel accommodations, several meals, and a mandatory visit to Universal Studio in Disney World (not included in the price). The trip will take place November 8-12. For information visit or contact Sabrina Crowder (240-766-5407) or Alexander Reese (301-312-7914).

National Portfolio Day - November 18/19

The National Portfolio Day Association is hosting two portfolio days in our area. Representatives from over 100 colleges and universities will be available to meet with students, review their portfolios, and offer information about art and design schools. The first event will take place on November 18 in Washington, DC and the second will be held on November 19 in Baltimore. For details visit  

Counseling Calendar

    • ThuNov02 Transfer Student Check-In
    • TueDec19 Progress Reports on Maccess
    • MonFeb05 Report Cards On MACCESS 4:00 PM
    • ThuMar08 Parent & Teacher Conferences 4:00 PM to 7:00 PMSchool Campus
    • TueMar20 Junior Parent Meeting 6:30 PM
    • TueApr10 Report Cards on MACCESS 4:00 PM
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