College Day FAQ

The US-UK Fulbright Commission's College Day is an ideal way to learn more about studying an undergraduate degree in the US, and to meet with admissions officers from top US schools. Our guide helps you get the most out of attending the event. 

About the event

Registration

Q: What is USA College Day? 

USA College Day offers students and parents the unique opportunity to meet with representatives from US universities in London, speak with educational service providers and attend a seminar about applying to US universities. Held for the last 40 years, USA College Day is the largest American university fair in the UK and attracts more than 160 university exhibitors. 

Q: Where will this year's event be held? How do I get there?

College Day is held at the ILEC Conference Centre (47 Lillie Road, London, SW6 1UD). It is in central London, located less than a five-minute walk from West Brompton station. 

Q: Which universities will be exhibiting at College Day this year?

You can see all of the universities attending College day in our College Day university search

Q: How should I prepare for the event?

To get the most out of College Day, you should spend time before the day reviewing our Study in the US undergraduate pages.  

Q:  Do I need to bring anything with me?

You should bring your ticket which you can print after you book it. 

You may also wish to bring a notebook and pen. Note that security bag searches will be in effect and large bags and luggage will not be allowed in the venue. 

Q: When should I arrive?

Your entry time is on your ticket. We recommend arriving around 30 minutes before your slot and you will wait outside the venue to enter. This time can be used to read through the event programme and plan your time in the fair.

If you miss your entry time on the day of the event, you can begin queuing for day-of registration from 6.00pm onwards on Friday or 1.30pm onwards on Saturday. However, you will only be granted entry if capacity allows, so you should arrive promptly for the time on your ticket.

Q: Is the venue wheelchair accessible?

Yes. If you would like to discuss specific access needs, please email advising@fulbright.org.uk.

Q: I can't attend the event. What should I do?

If you cannot attend, please check the extensive advice on our Study in the USA webpages. You can also attend one of our seminars throughout the year. 

 

 

Q: I am a student/parent/adviser interested in attending College Day. Do I need to register in advance?

Yes. To receive free entry to College Day, each person in your party must preregister.

If you have not registered or you miss your entry time on the day of the event, you can begin queuing for day-of registration from 6.00pm onwards on Friday or 1.30pm onwards on Saturday. However, you will only be granted entry if capacity allows, so you should arrive promptly for the time on your ticket. 

Q: How much does it cost to attend?

College Day is free if you preregister. 

If you would like to attend an optional seminar, the ticket is £6.50 and includes a one-hour seminar which includes entry to the fair either before or after the seminar (depending on the ticket you choose). As our seminars sell out each year, you should get your ticket in advance as there will be no availability on the day. 

Q: How many tickets should I register for?

You should register one ticket for each person in your party. If you do not have a ticket, you will not be admitted to the event. 

Q: May we register to attend College Day as a family?

Yes. Families should register using the online booking system. Through the system, students can opt to share their information with universities and partners that are a good fit for them. Therefore each individual or group should only include one student. Families or groups with more than one student interested in US study should make sure each student registers separately. 

Q: Can I register to attend on Friday and on Saturday? Is there a difference between the Friday and Saturday sessions?

You should only select one entry time into the fair on either Friday or Saturday. Because College Day has sold out in previous years, we have extended the event to cover both Friday and Saturday, to help ensure all students who are interested in attending have the chance to do so. The event on Friday will be in the exact same format at the event on Saturday, with the exact same exhibitors. To accommodate all interested students, your ticket will only allow you entry to the fair for your two designated hours. It is important that you select your two-hour time block intentionally. 

Q: I would like to stay for longer than two hours - can I register for multiple time slots?

In order to make sure everyone who wants to attend can, your ticket will only allow you entry to the fair for two hours. A poll of last year's attendees reported that two hours was more than enough time to speak to all of the exhibitors they wanted to. To make the most of your time at College Day, you should arrive promptly for your entry time and be as prepared as possible. If you are not ready to leave when your two hours has elapsed, please speak to Fulbright staff at the exit to see if any additional time slots are available. 

Q: I understand that I should only register for one entry time slot, but what will happen if I register for more than one entry slot?

If you register for more than one entry slot, we will notify you by email that you have done so and will ask you which time slot you would prefer. We will then cancel the other ticket so other students will have the opportunity to attend. If you do not respond to our email within 72 hours, we will cancel one of your tickets and notify you which one is still valid. 

Q: What is the fair seminar?

The fair seminar allows you to learn about the admissions process from experts in the field. In one hour, it gives you an overview of the undergraduate admissions process, covering the making an application, admissions exams, choosing the right universities and funding opportunities.  Registering for a fair seminar ticket will include entry to the fair includes entry to the fair either before or after the seminar (depending on the option you choose). Please do not register separately for a fair only ticket. 

Q: Where will the seminars take place?

All of the seminars take place at the College Day venue. Fulbright staff will direct you to the entrance for seminars. 

Q: What is the difference between the Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 seminar?

Nothing. There are three different seminar rooms, but the content of the seminars will be identical and there is no advantage to registering for one group over the others. 

Q: I have attended a Fulbright seminar throughout the year; should I still sign up for a fair seminar at College Day?

If you have already attended a Fulbright seminar over the year, it is likely you will already be familiar with the information provided at the College Day seminar. However, if you would like a refresher, it may be useful to attend. 

Q: The seminars are sold out. Are there any additional tickets available?

In most cases, no. We occasionally have a small number of cancellations; we will also be opening these ticket slots at 12:00 each business day, so check back at this time to see if any seminar spaces have been made available. We will also be holding a longer version of the seminar in October and November in central London. 

Q: I am interested in postgraduate study in the US. Should I attend College Day?

College Day is predominantly an undergraduate study in the US fair. As university representatives are usually undergraduate admissions officers and recent alumni, they may be unable to answer specific questions that you have about postgraduate study or the postgraduate admissions process. 

The Fulbright Commission hosts an event called USA Grad School Day twice a year. It is a three-hour workshop tailored to postgraduate study in the US and covers application components, admissions exams, choosing the right programme and funding opportunities, including the Fulbright postgraduate scholarships.