In-person College Fair returns Oct. 6

High school juniors and seniors in Bellingham Public Schools and countywide are invited to visit with representatives from colleges and universities at College Fair 2022. This free event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at Sehome High School, located at 2700 Bill McDonald Parkway. This is the first College Fair since 2019 due to the pandemic.

Public, private, two-year and four-year institutions from around the Pacific Northwest will be onsite at the event, including Whatcom Community College and Skagit Valley College; the University of Washington; Central, Eastern and Western Washington universities; Gonzaga University; University of Puget Sound, Whitman College; and Oregon State University.

Representatives from institutions outside of the northwest region include California Polytechnic State University, University of Arizona, Oberlin College and Saint Olaf College.

Futures NW and Whatcom Dollars for Scholars will host information tables and financial aid 101 sessions will be held during the event.

Click here for a list of institutions attending as of Sept. 20. More colleges and universities will confirm their attendance before the event on Oct. 6.

Register for the event

Students are encouraged to register for this free event ahead of time through StriveScan. Once registered, students will receive a barcode which saves time filling out the information cards for each college table they visit. Registering will also give them a reminder of the event and give them a list of the colleges with whom they share their barcode at College Fair. Please share this information with your student. Go to, then click High School Visits at the top of their webpage, then Student Registration to register. Students can also scan the QR code or snap the SnapChat code found on posters and flyers around school to access the registration form.

Beyond high school planning

Planning for life after high school is important work for high school students. We encourage families to start discussions about where student passions lie and what they might like to do after high school. Every high school student works on a High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP) which sketches out what students should do to graduate successfully. It also helps to outline post-high school plans. Learn more about HSBP here.

To help with discussions about career and college planning, the Partnership for Learning and the College Promise Coalition have many resources online, including a student success guide and an interactive infographic that depicts different job pathways. Every high school also has a career center with helpful information.

For more information on college and career planning, please contact your school counselor or career center.

See you at College Fair on Oct. 6!