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LGBTQ+
Virtual College Fair

New Jersey ACAC

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Hello students, counselors, families, and allies. Thank you for attending NJACAC’s first annual LGBTQ+ College Fair. NJACAC has organized college fairs and college readiness events for decades, but we had yet to build a safer space for LGBTQ+ students to freely ask the questions that are most important to them. Will I fit in at this institution? Can I see myself as a student there? Will I matter?  

Each school in attendance today has taken an active step in building their LGBTQ+ communities. By participating in this fair, they have acknowledged wanting LGBTQ+ students in their greater communities. Additionally, we have utilized the Campus Pride Index to showcase an objective rating as to where the policies of each institution fall in terms of LGBTQ+ friendliness. The Pride Index is always a good place to start with your search but it should not be the only place you look.

At this fair, please ask questions. In a heteronormative society, it can be challenging to envision yourself in different places. Take this time to explore these schools. Ask the representatives about the experiences you hope to have. Share your concerns about the barriers you may face. Follow up with the representatives after this event and when it’s safe to, if you are able to, go see those campuses you liked in person. We hope after this event, you are one step closer to obtaining what every student hopes to find in a college; the best fit for you.

Register for Multiple Sessions

Explore the schedule and register for each session you want to attend. You will hear from up to six colleges in each session. We recommend registering for at least one session in each time slot.

Confirmation Email with Zoom Link

Once you register, you’ll receive a confirmation email with your personalized link to join the Zoom Webinar. Since these are webinars, your camera and microphone will be off, but you’ll still be able to ask questions live.

Featured Presentations

Should I Come Out in My Personal Statement (And If So, How)?
3:00-3:45 PM Eastern

In this session, we’ll cover:

  • A Few Reasons You May Not Want to Come Out in Your Essay
  • Five Reasons You Should Maybe Consider Coming Out in Your Essay
  • How to Come Out in Your College Essay
  • Great Example Essays
  • Where to Find 50+ LGBTQ Resources (for Students, Parents, and Counselors!)

LGBTQ Students and the College Search Process
4:00-4:45 PM Eastern

The college admission process can be daunting for any student, but if you are an LGBTQ+ student, navigating the process can often feel like there are additional challenges that they didn’t even see coming.  This session will explore how LGBTQ+ students can research and ask meaningful questions to find a school that is a great fit for them.

College Fair Schedule

LGBTQ-Friendly Campus Pride Index

Next to each institution’s name, we have listed their LGBTQ-Friendly Campus Pride Index score, if the school has one–not all do. For example, 4.5/5.

Campus Pride is an outside non-profit organization working to create safer, more LGBTQ-friendly learning environments at colleges and universities.

Questions?

For questions, contact NJACAC.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do parents/guardians register?

Parents/guardians are welcome to join! Please register using your student’s information.

How do counselors register?

Counselors and educators are welcome to join! Please register using the Counselor Registration links on the schedule.

Will the colleges be able to see or hear me?

No. Your camera and microphone will be off, so the college representatives will not be able to see or hear you. (So there’s no need to dress up!)

If you’d like to ask a question, you’ll be able to type your question using the Q&A tool.

How do I join the webinar?

First, register for each session you want to attend.

Once you register, you’ll receive a confirmation email with your personalized link to join the Zoom Webinar.

(You will also receive an email with a barcode, but the barcode is not necessary for this virtual event.)

A reminder email and link will be sent again one day and one hour before the session begins.

Will sessions be recorded?

Yes. Sessions will be recorded and available on this page within a week after the program concludes.

We encourage you to participate live so you can ask questions and interact with the college admission counselors.

If you cannot attend live, you should still register for the session you’re interested in. This will allow the colleges in the session to follow up with you directly.

Can I participate in more than one session?

Yes! You are encouraged to register and attend multiple sessions to gain exposure to a range of different colleges and universities.

Consider signing up for sessions with colleges you may have never heard of before to explore the many opportunities available.

Is student information shared?

When you register, you are sharing your registration information only with colleges/institutions listed on that particular session and the sponsoring organization.

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