Helpful Tips

At a college fair some students, particularly those in the early stages of the college search, may be intimidated or nervous. Sometimes the students will not know what questions to ask or how to interact with a representative of a college. It is your responsibility to gauge the level of interest in Richmond and respond appropriately. The most important factor is to make sure that the students feel comfortable with the level of interaction during the program.

As a representative of Richmond, here are some helpful hints for you to follow:

  • Be friendly. Start a conversation with students who stop by. A good starting question is, "Are you familiar with Richmond?"
  • Know your basic college information. Be prepared to make a short, one-minute, pitch in addition to answering questions.
  • Be excited and enthusiastic about Richmond. You are often reaching students and/or their parents early in the college search process. You, therefore, have an opportunity to make an important and lasting impression.
  • Prepare to identify why Richmond is unique. Conversations at college fairs are usually short and concern basic information. Start by describing Richmond as the only top-tier liberal arts institution with a nationally ranked Business School, and a School of Leadership Studies. Pursue a short dialogue, answering student questions and pointing out Richmond's unique attributes.

Questions about what makes Richmond different should be answered with stress on opportunity. Examples include:

  • Contact with excellent faculty from the first day on campus
  • A strong advising system
  • No graduate students teaching classes
  • Unlimited use of equipment and facilities (even for first years)
  • Not necessary to declare a major until end of the sophomore year
  • Easy to be involved in areas outside one's major
  • Excellent student research opportunities
  • Study abroad options
  • Internship programs
  • The Richmond Guarantee

Refer all questions that you are not prepared to answer to the Office of Admission. Remember, you are an information source at this stage, not a student advocate or recruiter.