College Fair Basics for Admissions Alumni Volunteers
Spend time reviewing the Admissions Alumni Volunteer Program web pages and the great wealth of information we offer every volunteer.
Add the dates for which you have volunteered to your calendar.
You and/or your alumni partner (larger events may have an additional volunteer to assist you) will be sent recruiting materials to bring with you to the fair.
Return to the Undergraduate Admissions Office:
- College fair evaluation (PDF) – we value your feedback and evaluate future participation based upon your input
- Completed student inquiry cards – we use the information to follow up with each and every student. Encourage all students to complete and return cards to you at the event.
- Place in the postage-paid envelope within three days of completed event: Send completed program evaluation and inquiry cards to:
Undergraduate Admissions Office
PO Box 6001, Binghamton, NY 13902-6001
- Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the fair and staff your booth during fair hours
- Make sure to check in at the registration table
- Dress to best represent Binghamton University
- Recruitment is restricted to booth/table space
- At program’s end, please leave some extra materials on table for the sponsor to keep
- Displays cannot exceed or obstruct the view of adjacent booths
- Be courteous to other exhibitors and fair attendees
- Keep the aisles clear of boxes and materials
- Stay for the entire program
If you cannot make your event, call Andy Morris at 607-777-3485, or e-mail at email@example.com as soon as possible. We want to make sure we have adequate time to find a replacement volunteer.
Key Ways & Messages To Share
- Speak formally, and initially say "Binghamton University,” and then say "Binghamton” on second reference.
- Please refrain from saying SUNY Binghamton, SUNY-B, Harpur College or Bing. And yes, it's Binghamton, not Binghampton.
- Focus your discussions, personal and professional stories and points on Binghamton University’s three key messages:
1. Academic Excellence: Binghamton University is a top-U.S. public university with more accolades than any other public university in New York state. With more than 130 undergraduate academic programs, our academics are as diverse as our student body. Binghamton is a dynamic leader in higher education, driven to set the standards of academic excellence for public universities in the U.S.
2. National Reputation: Binghamton University continues to garner national distinction by the top college guide books, magazines and research institutes. Here are just a few of those accolades:
"The premier public in the Northeast." -- Fiske Guide to Colleges
"A public Ivy" – Greenes’ Guide
Highest "green rating" score for campus environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings (Princeton Review, 2012)
.3. Value: As one of the nation’s best public universities, Binghamton provides students with an excellent education and – because it’s public – a price that says tremendous value.
We are a Top Value in the Nation (The Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s)
- Don’t say anything negative about other universities – not even as a joke. This is a key guideline outlined in "Principals of Good Practice” from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).
- It is OK to say, "I don't know the answer to that question." Refer prospective students to the Binghamton web site, www.admissions.binghamton.edu or Binghamton University Undergraduate Admissions Office whenever you encounter a question you are unable to answer.
- Encourage students to visit Binghamton to get a feel of the campus. We do tours and presentations throughout the year. They can sign up for a visit online at visit.binghamton.edu.
Event Table Setup
Here is an example of how to set up your table at a college fair. The alumni package you receive from us will include various Binghamton University Undergraduate Admissions materials.