Over 52 colleges and universities are scheduled to attend the daytime fair

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield High School will host a college fair on Wednesday, October 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon where over 52 colleges and universities are scheduled to attend.  This year the college fair will be held during the day to guarantee student participation and to increase the number of universities and colleges that take part in the fair.

Mr. Lee B. Best, District College and Career Readiness Counselor, said daytime fairs are preferable, because in his discussions with college admissions counselors, the nighttime fairs, even with great attendance, do not guarantee student participation.

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“This year we increased both the amount of universities participating by guaranteeing they will have students, and the number of students who will attend,” said Mr. Best. “Our students in all grade levels will participate in the college fair. Ultimately, our goal is to expose as many students as we can to the college process and to show the colleges and universities what our students have to offer. The college fairs are very valuable and serve many goals.”

Mr. Best said the attendance of a university implies value that they see within our student population as well as past student performance.  In addition, the relationships that are built between Admissions Counselors and School Counselors foster a consolidation of efforts to ensure the successful transition of students.

The goal of the College Fair varies for each grade level, for instance, for 9th grade students the goal is to display a possible post high school option, which is the pathway to college. For 10th grade students, the goal is to raise awareness of how students can begin to obtain the necessary qualifications to be viable applicants if they decide to go with this pathway. For 11th grade students, the goal is for them to shop, compare and begin to solidify their lists of colleges they will apply to as seniors. For 12th grade students, the goal is to apply, get fee waivers, school scholarship information and any other necessary information they need to present a complete application package.  They also will connect with the person, who in all likelihood will be the reader of their application. Universities assign Admissions Counselors to a region and the Counselor is responsible for recruiting in that region. They read the applications submitted from students in the same region.

Schools from across the country and our region have confirmed their attendance, among them, Stanford University, Penn State, University of Delaware, and The State University of New York at Binghamton. Community colleges such as Union County College and Raritan Valley Community College, specialized institutions such as Innovate Salon Academy, Five Towns College and The Merchant Marine Academy. Also confirmed are the branches of the military such as The Army & Marines, as well as in-state 4-year universities such as Rutgers, Montclair State and Caldwell University. See complete list below.

“We are hopeful daytime college fairs will become the norm for us,” said Mr. Best.  “Last year we held our first daytime fair and it proved very successful.”

Also in attendance at the College Fair will be representatives from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) that include Howard, Morgan State and North Carolina A&T.  This is an effort by Mr. Best since many students often cannot make the out-of-state college tours, or many HBCUs do not have local representatives in the Plainfield area.

The College Fair will be held at Plainfield High School’s Gymnasium and the first classes will begin their visit at 9:00 a.m.

For more information, please call 908-731-4333 or email gmontealegre@plainfield.k12.nj.us.

2019 College Fair Confirmations “Ivy” League

Stanford University — Tiffany Neal

In State

  • Bloomfield College – Taylor Kirkpatrick
  • Caldwell University – Rosalyn Ayala
  • Centenary University – Amanda Rhinehart
  • Felician University – Denys Sanchez
  • FDU, Florham Campus – Rayven Moody/Jordan Westcott
  • Georgian Court University – Keri Brozyna
  • Kean University – Cheri Coyne
  • Montclair State University – Dina Rezk
  • NJCU – Cassandra Gomez
  • NJIT – Kiecey Castle
  • Pillar College – Esther Diaz/Janiele Ali
  • Ramapo College – Jose Vallejo
  • Rider University – Connor Kealy
  • Rowan University – Dan Reigel/Maria Del Oliveira
  • Rutgers University/Camden – Abhishek Ajit
  • Rutgers University/New Brunswick – Marcie Rosas
  • Rutgers University/Newark – Carrie Livingston
  • Seton Hall – Terrance Johnson/BOE
  • Stockton University – Alisa Hogan

Out of State

  • Campbell University – Jake Wilson
  • Goldey Beacom College – Larry Eby
  • Johnson & Wales University – Jake Norton
  • Le Moyne College – Qwadere Lovell
  • Lebanon Valley College - Monica Venturella
  • Manor College – Tiffany Figueroa
  • Mercy College – Lindsay Judge
  • Mount Saint Vincent – Tyler Margolis
  • New England Institute of Technology – Barbara Tassone
  • Penn State -
  • Sacred Heart University – Wade Hyatt
  • State University of New York at Binghamton – David Babb
  • University of Delaware – Zanieca Scott


  • Bowie State University – Diana Mitchell/Superintendent
  • Howard University – Carolyn Hill
  • Lincoln University – Tyshana Brunson
  • Morgan State University – MSU Alumni Association - NJ Chapter
  • North Carolina A & T – Clifford Holmes
  • North Carolina Central University – Morris Lucky
  • Spellman College – Carletta Jones/PPS
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore – Erica Williams
  • Virginia State University – Robert Dock


  • Innovate Salon Academy – Admissions Office


  • Merchant Marine Academy – Keith Watson
  • New Jersey Army National Guard – Edwin Reyes Vergara
  • United States Army – Sgt. Hector Orta
  • United States Marine Corps – Sgt. Andres Builes


  • Raritan Valley Community College – Ivalis Henderson
  • Union County College – Denisa Kilnkova


  • Five Towns College – Taylor Turner
  • Berkeley College – Delma Rose
  • Plainfield Board of Education – Dr. Avonia Richardson-Miller/Mrs. Emily Morgan/Mr. Richard Wyatt/Ms. Carletta Jones/Mr. Terence J. Johnson/Dr. Diana Mitchell/Ms. Yolanda Koon
  • Plainfield Department of Parks & Recreation; Veronica Taylor