College Day FAQ
The US-UK Fulbright Commission's College Day is an ideal way to learn more about studying an undergraduate degree in the US, and to meet with admissions officers from top US schools. Our guide helps you get the most out of attending the event.
About the event
- What is USA College Day?
- Where will this year's event be held? How do I get there?
- Which universities will be exhibiting at College Day this year?
- How should I prepare for the event?
- Do I need to bring anything with me?
- When should I arrive?
- Is the venue wheelchair accessible?
- I can't attend the event. What should I do?
- I am a student/parent/adviser interested in attending College Day. Do I need to register in advance?
- How much does it cost to attend?
- How many tickets should I register for?
- May we register to attend College Day as a family?
- Can I register to attend on Friday and on Saturday? Is there a difference between the Friday and Saturday sessions?
- I would like to stay for longer than two hours - can I register for multiple time slots?
- I understand that I should only register for one entry time slot, but what will happen if I register for more than one entry slot?
- I am interested in postgraduate study in the US. Should I attend College Day?
USA College Day offers students and parents the unique opportunity to meet with representatives from US universities in London and speak with educational service providers. Held for the last 41 years, USA College Day is the largest American university fair in the UK and attracts more than 160 university exhibitors.
College Day is held at the ILEC Conference Centre (47 Lillie Road, London, SW6 1UD) located in Central London. It is easily accessible via London's public transport network and is located less than a five-minute walk from West Brompton station. For travel within Central London, please see Transport for London’s journey planner. Be aware that there may be closures of the Tube over the weekend, so plan in advance.
If you are unable to travel by public transport, ILEC Conference Centre has a car park and is providing discounted rates for College Day attendees. For further information, please refer to their list of tariffs.
You can see all of the universities attending College Day, with full academic and admissions information, in our College Day university search or view them (with a brief description) on our interactive map.
To get the most out of College Day, you should spend time before the day reviewing our Study in the US undergraduate pages.
You should bring your ticket which you can print after you book it.
You may also wish to bring a notebook and pen. Note that security bag searches will be in effect and large bags and luggage will not be allowed in the venue. You can review our security policy here.
Your entry time is on your ticket. We recommend arriving around 30 minutes before your slot and you will wait outside the venue to enter. This time can be used to read through the event programme and plan your time in the fair.
If you miss your entry time on the day of the event, you can begin queuing for day-of registration from 6.00pm onwards on Friday or 1.30pm onwards on Saturday. However, you will only be granted entry if capacity allows, so you should arrive promptly for the time on your ticket.
Yes. If you would like to discuss specific access needs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes. To receive free entry to College Day, each person in your party must preregister. If you are a teacher/adviser registering a school group, please email email@example.com
If you have not registered or you miss your entry time on the day of the event, you can begin queuing for day-of registration from 6.00pm onwards on Friday or 1.30pm onwards on Saturday. However, you will only be granted entry if capacity allows, so you should arrive promptly for the time on your ticket.
College Day is free if you preregister.
You should register one ticket for each person in your party. If you do not have a ticket, you will not be admitted to the event. If you are a teacher/adviser registering a school group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes. Families should register using the online booking system. Through the system, students can opt to share their information with universities and partners that are a good fit for them. Therefore each individual or group should only include one student. Families or groups with more than one student interested in US study should therefore make sure each student registers separately.
- Example: a family of 1 student and 2 parents would make one order for 3 tickets.
- Example: a family of 2 students and 2 parents would make two separate orders so that each student can provide their details.
You should only select one entry time into the fair on either Friday or Saturday. Because College Day has sold out in previous years, we have extended the event to cover both Friday and Saturday, to help ensure all students who are interested in attending have the chance to do so. The event on Friday will be in the exact same format at the event on Saturday, with the same exhibitors. To accommodate all interested students, your ticket will only allow you entry to the fair for your two designated hours. It is important that you select your two-hour time block intentionally.
In order to make sure everyone who wants to attend can, your ticket will only allow you entry to the fair for two hours. A poll of last year's attendees reported that two hours was more than enough time to speak to all of the exhibitors they wanted to. To make the most of your time at College Day, you should arrive promptly for your entry time and be as prepared as possible. If you are not ready to leave when your two hours has elapsed, please speak to Fulbright staff at the exit to see if any additional time slots are available.
If you register for more than one entry slot, we will notify you by email that you have done so and will ask you which time slot you would prefer. We will then cancel the other ticket so other students will have the opportunity to attend. If you do not respond to our email within 72 hours, we will cancel one of your tickets and notify you which one is still valid.
College Day is predominantly an undergraduate study in the US fair. As university representatives are usually undergraduate admissions officers and recent alumni, they may be unable to answer specific questions that you have about postgraduate study or the postgraduate admissions process.
The Fulbright Commission hosts Postgrad USA seminars throughout the year. Thisis a three-hour workshop tailored to postgraduate study in the US and covers application components, admissions exams, choosing the right programme and funding opportunities, including the Fulbright postgraduate scholarships. Please check our website for more information on upcoming Postgrad USA seminars or sign-up to be notified for upcoming events.