Jacksonville National College Fair

  • Event Details:

    Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center
    1000 Water St
    Jacksonville, FL 32204

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  • Fair Hours:

    Saturday, October 12, 2019

    October 12, 2019
    9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Contact Us:

    Email or call 703/836-2222 ext. 14.

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Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center
Hall A
1000 Water Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204

Fair Hours:
Saturday, October 12, 2019
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
(workshops begin at 8 a.m.)

Transportation, Directions and Parking:
Find directions and parking information for the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center.

Fair Set-up Hours:
Friday, October 11, 2019
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, October 12, 2019
7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Estimated Attendance: 5,000

Take West Bay Street and make a left into the parking lot adjacent to Hall A. Use door 1. Vehicles may not park in the loading area at any time.

Exposition Services Provided by: KUB Tradeshow Support, 407/985-3471


Shipping Information:
Authorized Shipping Address:
Jacksonville National College Fair
Institution Name/Booth Number
C/O KUB Tradeshow Support
19 North Texas Ave
Orlando, FL 32805

Shipping Deadline:
All materials must be received by Friday, October 4, 2019

Material Handling Charge: *
Cost is $85 per lb. with a minimum of 200 lbs ($170). Please contact the decorator directly to arrange shipping. Make check payable to KUB .
*Rates are subject to change. Contact KUB Tradeshow Support for current rates.

Electrical Service:
Electrical services are supplied exclusively through the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center. Contact the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center at 904/630-4010 and ask for event services.

Host Hotel:
Omni Jacksonville Hotel
245 Water Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
The Omni Jacksonville Hotel is located 14 miles from Jacksonville International Airport and .5 mile from the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center.
Rate: $130 Single/ Double
Deadline: Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Call in reservations to receive the NACAC rate or reserve online using the personalized reservation link

Contact Information:
For more information regarding this National College Fair, email Amber Nichols or call at 571/551-5275.

Workshop Schedule


  • Workshops begin at 8 a.m.
  • Special session for middle school students at 11 a.m.
  • Seniors receive assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid in the FAFSA lab.

How to Maximize Your Experience at the Fair  8:00 am – Room 104; 8:15 am – Room 107; 9:00 am – Room 105
The NACAC College Fair can be a very active place – four hours, dozens of workshops scores of colleges and universities, hundreds of admissions representatives and thousands of attendees.  Where does a family begin. This workshop is designed to orient first-time attendees to the ins and outs of the college fair.  This session will help attendees map an effective strategy to get the most out of the fair.  Attendees will be given synopses of workshops available, introduced to resource personnel and assisted in developing college-selection questions.  The college-selection process can be intimidating, we want to help parents and students have a highly beneficial experience at this stop on their journey.

Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy: Raising Confidence and Scores   9:00 am; Room 107
20 hours of practice on Khan Academy is associated with an average 115-point score increase from the PSAT/NMSQT to the SAT, nearly double the average gain without Khan. In this session, participants will engage in an overview of the Official SAT Practice Tool and its associated features.

Bright Futures Scholarship Program  9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm;  Room 101
The Florida Bright Futures Program establishes three lottery-funded scholarships for Florida high school graduates who demonstrate high academic achievement and enroll in eligible Florida public or private postsecondary institutions.  There are three award levels for which high school seniors may qualify: Florida Academic Scholars, Florida Medallion Scholars, and Gold Seal Vocational Scholars.  All initial applicants must meet the general requirements for participation in this program and specific requirements for the individual award.  This session will help you understand how to qualify for these awards.

How to Pay for College: Federal Financial Aid  9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm;  Room 102
The department’s federal student aid programs are the largest source of student aid in America.  If you are interested in financial aid for college or a career school, you should attend this session.  These programs provide more than $100 billion a year in grants, loans, and work-study assistance.  Join us to learn to more and to find out how to apply for aid.

Countdown to College: A Year by Year Plan 9:00 am; Room 103
It is never too early to start thinking about college admissions.  Come learn about the main components of the college application process and what you should be doing in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade.  Learn about the application form, recommendation forms, application essay, rolling admissions, regular admissions, regular admissions, early decision, early action and other information you need to help you make informed decisions about the application process.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities 10:00 am, 11:00 am; Room 107
HBCUs are institutions founded primarily for the education of African-Americans, although their charters are not exclusionary.  Come learn about the benefits of attending and support systems in place at HBCUs.  Find out if attending a historically black college of university is the right choice for you.

Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion Resources for Students and Families 9:00 am; Room 106
Do you want to learn more about the many resources and services available for students and families?  Join us for a discussion with an esteemed panel of individuals on the myriad of resources designed to support the physical and emotional well being of students. 

Scholarship Search Tips: Local and National  9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm; Room 104
Almost three billion dollars in scholarships is available annually and much of the money goes unclaimed.  This session will help you learn how to find, apply for and win scholarship money.  This session will also teach you how to identify scholarship scams.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go – Selecting the Right College! 10:00 am; Room 106
Do you want to attend a university, four-year college, two-year college, vocational-technical school or private technical college?  Expand your knowledge of the different post-secondary options.  This session will help you understand how these schools differ and help you make informed decisions about the type of college most suitable for you.

NCAA Eligibility for the High School Athlete 10:00 am; Room 103
Planning to play sports, this session is for you.  Find out NCAA eligibility rules and timelines for applying.  Get the facts about the requirements for entering a Division I or II college or university, including recent updates from NCAA and more.

Writing the College & Scholarship Essay 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm; Room 105
Do you need help with writing essays for college admissions and for scholarship applications?  Make your essay the best it can be and learn to write that winning essay!  Come learn the dos, don’ts and tips on writing a stellar college admissions and scholarship essay.  Also learn more about how colleges and scholarship search committees evaluate the essays.

College and Careers: Building Blocks for the Future! (Session for middle school students only) 11:00 am; Room 103 
Learn valuable information about the importance of planning early for high school, college, and careers.  This workshop is designed to help families of children in middle school understand the benefits of earning
a college degree in preparation for the hottest jobs in the 21st century.

Hot Jobs and Majors in the 21st Century 12:00 pm; Room 103
What do you want to be when you grow up? Find out which college majors lead to many of the fastest growing, highest paying occupations in the 21st century.  Learn which occupations are projected to offer the most job openings for college graduates who are entering the workforce for the first time.

Ayuda Financiera 12:00 pm; Salon 106
En esta sesión informativa aprenderás acerca del Programa de Becas de Florida Bright Futures y los Programas de Ayuda Federal.  El Programa de Bright Futures ofrece tres becas costeados por la lotería a estudiantes que hayan demostrado logros académicos y se matriculen en instituciones post-secundarias elegibles en la Florida.  Los Programas Federales ofrecen más de $100 billones al año en becas, préstamos y programa de estudio-trabajo.  Acompáñanos para que aprendas cómo aplicar para estas ayudas económicas. 

Paving the Way: Easing the Transition to College 12:00 pm; Room 107
The transition from high school to college is both exciting and challenging.  Students minds are spinning with questions about next year and there may be topics that they are curious about but haven’t known whom to ask. This is an opportunity to meet with a panel of current college students. They will share their experiences and be able to answer all of those burning questions to help the students meet the challenge and ease the transition from high school to college.

Collegiate Honors Programs 11:00 am; Room 106
The National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) defines honors education as “characterized by in-class and extracurricular activities that are measurably broader, deeper, or more complex…” What does this mean to a student trying to decide if an Honors Program is the right fit for them in college? Is Honors harder? Am I smart enough? What experiences should I look for? Is it more expensive? Are all programs alike? Join us in this workshop as we explore the varying characteristics of Honors Programs and learn about student experiences from the experts and the students currently enrolled in honors programs.

FAFSA Completion Lab Boardroom B
Receive help filling out the FAFSA!  Representatives will provide line by line assistance and help students and parents fill out the FAFSA.  Students and parents will each need to create their own FSA ID prior to completing the FAFSA.

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Thank you for your interest in NACAC’s National College Fairs. You can now download NACAC College Fairs promotional materials here. We encourage you to share these materials on your websites, Social Media (Facebook and Twitter Hashtag: #nacacfairs) and in-person with the students and families you serve. Thank you for your support! ​​