We are thrilled you will be joining us at the AIMS Invitational College Fair on Sunday, October 14th. As a reminder, the Fair is intended for students and their parents from the eight host schools. Please do not invite students who are not attending one of the eight schools to meet with you during the Fair hours.
Saturday, October 13th
- In addition to the Fair we hope that you will participate in our Biscayne Bay Cruise on Saturday from 7pm to 10pm. Enjoy the sunset, hors d’oeuvres and buffet dinner as we sail around the bay. Please wear casual attire.
- The cruise is limited to the first 120 reservations, but we will maintain a wait list.
- Shuttle bus service will be provided from the Hilton Miami Airport to the Miamarina at Bayside (401 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132). Please meet in the hotel lobby at 5:45pm. Buses will depart promptly at 6pm.
- Boarding of the Biscayne Lady charter boat begins at 6:30pm.
- Shuttle buses from Bayside to the Hilton hotel will depart right after we disembark.
- If you register for the cruise, and afterwards realize you will be unable to attend, please cancel your reservation by emailing us at [email protected].
Sunday, October 14th
- Check-in for the Fair will begin at 10:00am.
- Parking will be validated for representatives not staying at the hotel.
- Ushers will be available to help with your materials.
- Please join us for a delicious brunch in the Cove Ballroom from 10:00 to 11:30am.
Students & Families
Only students and their parents from the eight host schools will be allowed admission.
Please do not invite students from other schools.
Please allot at least 15 minutes to your time of arrival as it will take time to park your car. Consider carpooling to lessen traffic and the amount of time you spend parking. The discounted parking fee is $5. You can validate your ticket and pay with cash at the fair. Please bring cash to pay for parking.
All Juniors are expected to attend the Annual College Fair. This is an opportunity for you and your parents to spend quality time with the admissions counselors and directors who will be working with your applications. Seniors are also invited to attend if they seek to finalize their lists, ask some last minute questions and search out new options. It is the best time for Juniors to begin to formulate their preliminary college lists.
All students are expected to dress and behave as they would for a college interview. There will be a sign-in sheet and a name tag for you as you enter the Fair. College tables will be arranged alphabetically. Colleges at the Fair represent the full gamut of competitiveness.
Questions To Ask
- What type of high school background is generally required for your school?
- What is the average GPA of entering freshmen?
- Are there different admissions requirements for specific colleges or programs?
- Does your college award credit for Advanced Placement?
- What are the housing options/requirements and parking rules?
- What types of extracurricular activities are available?
- Does your college offer study abroad options?
- Does your college provide access to internship options?
- Does your college provide academic services such as tutoring or career counseling?
- Does your college have job placement services?
- What are the characteristics of your student body (age, gender, race/ethnicity, etc.)?
- What percentage of first-year students return the following year?
- What percentage of graduates are employed within one year?
- How do I apply and which forms do I fill out?
- What are the admissions deadlines?
- Will my family’s ability to pay for college be a factor in the admissions process?
- Can credits be earned online or transferred from other colleges?
- How safe is your campus?
- Which association has given your college accreditation?
- How do I arrange a campus visit?
- How much does it cost to attend your college (including tuition, room and board, fees, etc.)?
- What financial aid options are available?
- Does the school participate in federal and state aid programs? (Not all schools are eligible.)
- What percentage of undergraduates receive aid? How much do they receive on average?
- Which financial aid forms do I need to fill out and what are the deadlines?
- Does the college offer scholarships? Who is most likely to receive them? How do I apply?
- Will private/non-government scholarships reduce the amount of need-based aid I receive?