2022 PITTSBURGH NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR
Westmoreland County Community College
For over 50 years, Westmoreland has provided area
residents with exceptional educational opportunities at a
fraction of the cost of four-year schools.
Westmoreland offers cutting-edge programs designed
for a career upon graduation, programs that transfer to
four-year schools, and the opportunity for high school
juniors and seniors to earn college credit while in high
school. Plus, a robust lineup of student life and athletic
activities is available.
After a multimillion-dollar renovation, the Student
Achievement Center at the Youngwood campus features
new classrooms, state-of-art technology, and a vibrant
area for individual and collaborative learning.
Visit westmoreland.edu or call 724.925.4000.
Tips for attending
NACAC college fairs
BEFORE THE FAIR
1. Register online before the fair at nacacattend.org/fairs to receive a barcode
for easy, on-site access to college representatives. Online registration leaves
more time for you to meet one-on-one with admission representatives.
2. Print the barcode and bring it to the fair as your electronic ID.
3. Ask yourself the following questions:
• Do I want to attend a large, medium, or small school?
• What major do I wish to study?
• Do I want to attend an urban, suburban, or rural school?
• Do I want to attend a two-year, four-year, single-sex, or religiously affiliated
• Do I want to participate in athletics, clubs, fraternities, sororities, or special
programs, such as study abroad or cooperative education.
4. Research colleges attending the fair to determine if they meet your search
criteria and make sure to reference your Matchmaking email to ensure you
connect with your best fits!
WHAT IS MATCHMAKING?
Matchmaking is all about connecting you with your best fit
college or university!
During registration, you’ll be asked to choose from various college attributes
you find attractive. These five attributes are:
1. Campus Size (small, medium, large)
2. Campus Setting (urban, suburban, rural)
3. Majors Offered (a large list of categories)
4. Institution Type (2 year, 4 year, private, public, etc.)
5. Geographic Region (varied)
During registration, colleges also select which attributes apply
to their institution.
Students and colleges will be “matched” if their selected attributes match.
The minimum number of matching attributes to be “matched” is four out of five.
How will I know which schools were my “best matches”?
Students will receive an email with a list of matches before the event;
uncovering new opportunities they may not have realized were a good match.
This helps to streamline the fair for students, driving them around the fair with
purpose. The email also contains helpful questions to ask schools.
5. Make a list of questions to ask college representatives.
AT THE FAIR
1. Pick up a fair directory and bag for all of the materials you collect.
2. Visit the schools on your Matchmaking list that aligned best with your
attributes that you provided at the time of registration or are the closest
match to your search criteria. Be adventurous. Don’t just talk to the
3. Ask the college representative to scan your barcode. This will allow the
representative to follow up with you directly—and quickly.
4. Ask the same questions to each college representative you visit.
5. Take notes. Write down what you find most interesting about each college.
AFTER THE FAIR
1. Review college websites, catalogs, and viewbooks to gather more information
to help narrow your choices.
2. Send a thank you note/email to the college representatives you met. This
simple gesture can show admission officials you’re serious about wanting to
attend their college.
What if my parent(s) want to come to a fair with me?
• Bringing a wing person to make sure you can hit every table you’re interested
in is always a good plan.
• We suggest printing your barcode out twice, so you guys can divide and
conquer all you want.
• Another tip set up an email account specifically for the college admissions
process. You will be getting a lot of correspondence from these folks. You
want to make sure to handle emails quickly and not miss anything. On the
other hand, because you will get a lot of admissions office emails, you might
want to keep them untangled from your everyday inbox.