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Step Three: Finding the Right College

Now that you know what major you need to study, its time to start looking at colleges.
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New to Naviance:
College Events
Naviance has a new section for finding virtual tours under the "Find your Fit" in the Colleges" tab called "College Events".  Students will be able to register for online virtual tours as well as other campus events through this system! 
Students can meet virtually with representatives from colleges and universities under the "Colleges I am thinking about" tab.  Once on the page, students should look for the "College Visits" tab and a calendar of upcoming virtual meetings will be provided. 
Please refer to the link below for directions regarding RepVisits and College Events:
You've identified the career that you'd like to work in.  You know what college major you need to get to that career.  Now you need to look at what schools will both: get you that major; be a good fit for you.  CollegeBoard has a College Search engine that lets you enter criteria that you're interested in.  Put in what you're looking for and let them narrow down the search.
You'll need your account information to log in.
College search engines, the internet and all those flyers you're getting at home are a great way to start your search, but now you really need to start talking to people who know the school.
Attending a college fair is a great way to learn about a lot of colleges without actually having to travel.  Just remember: this may be your first impression of their college but it's also their first impression of you.  Make sure you prepare.
After you narrow down your list of potential colleges to the ones you think you want to go to, then its time to go visit the college while classes are in session.  Nothing will give you a better idea of how the school "feels" to you than actually being on campus with the students.  Check the college's website for planned admissions events, take a tour with a student guide, meet an admissions counselor and maybe even sit in on some classes.
Also, consider attending The Hackettstown College Fair & Planning Night.


Be sure to call the college in advance to verify the date and time as some of these dates may change. Many schools request that you register before coming to an open house. See your school counselor for more information. Many schools besides those listed offer open houses. Call your prospective colleges and universities for their schedule. It is an excellent idea to include both open houses and college tours in your college exploration. The open house allows you to see many of the activities available on campus while the traditional college tour lets you experience the college in a more typical environment.


Atlantic Cape Community College
Virtual Information Sessions
Wednesday, Sept 16 Health Careers Information Session
Thursday, Sept 24 ACA Information Webinar
Thursday, Sept 24 General Admissions Webinar
Thursday, October 8 & November 12: Supporting NJ Dreamer's Information Session


Bergen Community College
Paramus Campus
Virtual Open Houses - ongoing
(201) 447-7200


Berkeley College
Calendar of Events
Virtual Open Houses (all campuses):
Saturday September 26, 9am-2pm
Saturday October 24, 9am-2pm
Saturday November 21, 9am-2pm
LPN to BSN Info Session, Sept 2 & Sept 23


Bloomfield College
Virtual Campus Tours - Various dates throughout September
(973) 748-9000


Brookdale Community College

Campus Visits and Tours, by appointment


Caldwell University
Virtual Open Houses
Saturday, October 17, 2020, 11am-12:30pm
Saturday, November 21, 2020 11am-12:30pm
Socially Distance Campus Tours
Various dates from September 17 - December 18, 2020


Centenary University 
Virtual Open Houses

Saturday September 26, 2020 9:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, October 17, 2020 9:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday, November 7, 2020 9:00am to 12:00pm


College of New Jersey
Virtual Lions Day Open Houses

Saturday, September 26, 10AM-2:30PM
Sunday, October 18, 10AM-2:30PM
Saturday, November 21, 10AM-2:30PM
Fall Campus tours on select dates between Sept 14-Nov 20


College of St. Elizabeth
Campus Tours - Tuesdays thru Fridays throughout the school year, by appointment.
Virtual Campus Tour
List of all virtual events
(973) 290-4700


County College of Morris
Virtual Open House
October 17, 2020, 10am-12pm
Virtual Nursing Information Sessions
September 17th, 2020 10:00 AM
October 15th, 2020  2:00 PM
November 19th, 2020 6:00 PM
December 17th, 2020  12:00 PM


DeVry University
Iselin & Paramus campuses


Drew University
Virtual Drew Discover Day
Sunday, September 20 at 12:00 PM
Sunday, October 25 at 12:00 PM
Sunday, November 15 at 12:00 PM
Campus Tours, by appointment
Virtual Tour


Fairleigh Dickinson University
Daily Information Sessions and Campus tours: TBD
Virtual Information Sessions
Tues 9/8/2020 - Fri 9/18 - Both Campus & university
Chat with an FDU Student
Florham Campus: 973-443-8900
Metropolitan Campus 201-692-7308

Fairleigh Dickinson: The Regional Center for College
Virtual Info Sessions from September 2020 - May 2021
Please contact Barbara Byrnes for Metropolitan Campus sessions –, 201-692-2716
Contact Mary Hebert for Florham Campus sessions –, 973-443-8981


Felician University
Undergraduate Information Sessions
Take a Virtual Tour!
Admission Counselor Virtual Appointments, Sept 16-Oct 8


Georgian Court University 
Virtual Open House tours, by appointment
Virtual Tour
Online Information Sessions:
Tues., Oct. 6th @ 4:30PM
Wed., Oct. 7th @ 4:30PM
Tues Oct 8th @ 4:30PM
Wed Oct 14th @4PM
Thurs Oct 15th @4PM


Kean University
Virtual Open House
Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 9 a.m
Information Sessions & Tours
September 21, 2020 thru October 30


Monmouth University
Virtual Tour
Campus Tours and Information Sessions
September 16 thru November 4, by appointment


Montclair State University
Open Houses: TBD
Virtual Tour

New Jersey City University
Gothic Knight Saturdays: TBD
University Open House: Saturday October 12


New Jersey Institute of Technology
Weekday and Saturday Info sessions Aug 13 - Oct. 2, 2020, By Appointment


Passaic County Community College


Princeton University
Virtual Tour & Information session registration


Ramapo College of New Jersey
Virtual Open House: Sunday, October 4 @ 10 a.m.
Virtual Academic Week: Mon October 5 - Fri October 9
Live Chat:  Monday- Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Virtual Campus Tours


Rider University
Schedule a Virtual Tour or Open House
Watch a Virtual Tour

Westminster Choir College @ Rider
Experience Westminster (see website for respective programs)


Rowan University
Open Houses - TBD
Virtual Events


Rowan College at Burlington County
Open House & Information Sessions (see website for dates)
Health Information Management Information Session
November 12, 2020 at 4 pm
Radiography Information Seminar
December 7, 2020 at 4 pm

(856) 222-9311 ext. 1199

Rowan College South Jersey
Open House
Thursday, October 10, 2019, 6-8pm
Thursday March 26, 2020, 5:30-8pm
Nursing and Health Professions Open House


Rutgers University-Camden
Virtual Daily Information Sessions
Virtual Campus tour

Rutgers University-New Brunswick
RU New Brunswick Virtual Campus Tour
For more information, contact 732-445-1000


Rutgers University-Newark
RU Newark Virtual Campus Tour
Virtual events throughout the fall.


St. Peter's College
Daily Virtual Tours
Virtual Peacock Experience
September 26, 2020
October 3, 2020
October 12, 2020
October 24, 2020


Seton Hall University
Open House Live:
Sunday, September 27 at 11 a.m
Saturday October 18
Sunday November 1
Sunday November 22
Daily Virtual Information Sessions and Campus Tours


Stevens Institute of Technology
Daily Virtual Information Sessions. Use Campus Visit Portal to register for an event.

Stockton University
Virtual Open House Dates:
October 4, 2020
November 8, 2020
December 6, 2020


William Paterson University
Virtual Tour
Information Session: Sep 16, 2020, 12:00-1:00 PM
Student Lead Virtual Campus Tour: Sep 16, 2020, 4:00-5:00 PM
See website for all upcoming events.



Information from website under "resources" and "college open houses".  For updated information please reference the source site (
College Open Houses- Pennsylvania

Be sure to call the college in advance to verify the date and time as some of these dates may change. Many schools require that you register before coming to an open house.  Click on the college's name link to be taken to their Open House Website, if available.
The information is provided by the NJSCA (New Jersey School Counselor Association)
For the most updated information, please reference the source website:


Albright College
Virtual tour registration:


Allegheny College
Virtual Open House
Monday, August 10th
*On campus visits will resume July 6th


Alvernia University
Virtual Campus Tours
Every weekday 10am-3pm


Arcadia University
Virtual Information Sessions:
July 21st
- ABA information Session
July 23rd - Psychology and Education
July 30th - Art & Design, Media & Communication, Theater & Acting, English & Creative Writing
August 6th - Biology & Public Health
August 13th - History, International Studies, Politics, Government & Law, Sociology, Anthropology, Criminal Justice and Modern Language
August 20th - Computer Science, Math & Actuarial Science, Chemistry & Business, Accounting, International Business, Sports Management & Healthcare Administration


Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Virtual Information Session & Tour Registration:


Bryn Athyn College
In-Person and Virtual Tour Information Session Registration:


Bryn Mawr College 
Virtual Tours available Monday - Friday @ 1pm. Registration:


Bucknell University 
In-Person Information Sessions through Aug. 7th:

  • Mondays: 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

  • Tuesdays: 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

  • Wednesdays: 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

  • Thursdays: 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

  • Fridays: 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Virtual Visit Registration:


Cabrini University 
Campus Tours: Weekdays 9:30am-1pm
Virtual Tour:

California University of Pennsylvania 
Instagram Live Q&A Sessions: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:30pm, Wednesdays 7pm
Drive Through Tours: Thursdays & Fridays 11:00am
Virtual One on One Information Sessions: Monday - Friday 1:30pm


Cairn University
Virtual & In Person Tours Available. Register at:


Carnegie Mellon University
Virtual Tours Available. Register at:


Cedar Crest College
Virtual Summer Visit Days:
June 24th - August 5th 1pm-2:30pm
In Person Open House: August 15th 10am & 1pm


Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
In Person Individual/Family Tours: 10am & 1pm


Clarion University of Pennsylvania
In Person Visits:
Monday - Friday 9:15am, 10:15am, 1:15pm & 2:15pm
Zoom Virtual Visits:
Monday - Friday 10am & 2pm


Delaware Valley University
Zoom Virtual Visits: Monday 1pm, Tuesday 10am & 5:30pm, Thursday 1pm, Saturday 10am


DeSales University
Individual Virtual Sessions:
Monday - Friday 9am-4pm
Daily Group Virtual Tours: Monday - Friday 10am, 2pm


Dickinson College
Fall 2020 semester will be remote.
Virtual Q&A, Interviews and more. Visit:


Drexel University
Virtual Open Houses:
August 15th & 16th, 10am


Duquesne University
Virtual Tours Available:


East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Virtual Tours & Information Sessions Available:


Eastern University
Virtual Tours Available:


Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 
Virtual Open Houses:
Tuesday, August 4th
Wednesday, August 5th
Thursday, August 6th


Elizabethtown College
Virtual Open Houses:
September 12th, 10am-2pm
October 17th, 10am-2pm
November 14th, 10am-2pm


Franklin and Marshall College
Virtual Information Sessions:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 1:15pm
Tuesday & Thursday, 7pm


Gannon University
Virtual Admission Tours:


Gettysburg College 
In Person Visits:
Virtual Tours:


Grove City College 
In Person Open Houses:
September 19th - Senior Preview Day
October 10th - Discover STEM Day
November 7th - Education Major Day
November 14th - Senior Preview Day


Gwynedd-Mercy University
Virtual Tours:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday - 10am
Tuesday & Thursday - 1pm
In Person Tours Registration:


Haverford College
Virtual Tours Registration:
In Person Interview:


Holy Family University 
In Person Campus Tour Registration:
Virtual Campus Tour Registration:


Immaculata University
Virtual Campus Tour:


Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Virtual Open Houses:
October 17th
November 14th


Juniata College
In Person Campus Tours:
Monday - Friday: 8:30am, 10:50am, 1:50pm


Keystone College
In Person & Virtual Tour Registration:


King's College
In Person Campus Visit Registration:
Virtual Campus Visit Registration:


Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
In Person Campus Tours:
Monday - Saturday: 9:30am & 1:30pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 6:30pm
Virtual Campus Tour Registration:

La Salle University
Virtual Open House

September 19th


Lafayette College 
Virtual Open House
October 3rd 12pm-3:30pm
Virtual Engineering Open House
October 23rd 1pm-4pm


Lebanon Valley College
On Campus Tours

9am, 11am, 1pm
Wednesday Visits
September 23rd & 30th, October 7th & 14th 3pm & 5pm


Lehigh University
Virtual Tours & Information Sessions by Appointment:


Lincoln University
Drive-Thru Campus Tour

Monday-Friday 10am-2pm


Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
In-Person Open House:

Coming Soon
Virtual Campus Tour:


Lycoming College
Open House Events:
October 10th
November 14th


Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Virtual Visit Days:
September 19th
October 17th
November 13th


Marywood University
Open Houses:
October 24th, 10am
November 14th, 10am


Messiah College
Virtual Open House:
October 12th


Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Virtual Open House:
October 8th, 4pm


Misericordia University
Virtual Open House:
October 10th, 10am
Fall Campus Tours:
September 20th
September 27th
October 4th
October 11th


Moore College of Art and Design
Virtual Information Sessions:


Moravian College
Open Houses:

October 17th, 9:30am-12pm
October 18th, 4:30pm-7pm


Muhlenberg College
Virtual Information Sessions:


Neumann University
Virtual Open Houses:
September 16th, 6:30pm
October 20th, 6:30pm
November 11th, 6:30pm
December 2nd, 6:30pm


Pennsylvania College of Art & Design
Virtual Information Session & Portfolio Day:
November 7th
Spring Open House & Portfolio Day:
March 6th


Pennsylvania College of Technology
Saturday Academic Tours:


Pennsylvania State University--University Park
Virtual Tours:


Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania 
Virtual Open Houses:
September 26th, 11am
October 23rd, 11am
October 31st, 11am
November 14th, 11am


Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
On-Campus Visits:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 9am & 1pm
Virtual Open Houses:
September 19th
October 17th
October 24th
November 7th


St. Joseph's University
Virtual Open Houses:

September 26th, 10am-3pm
October 10th, 10am-3pm
October 25th, 10am-3pm
November 7th, 10am-3pm


Susquehanna University
Virtual Open House:

October 4th, 2pm-5pm


Swarthmore College
Virtual & In-Person Tours:


Temple University
Virtual Open House Schedule:


Thomas Jefferson University
Virtual Open Houses:
October 10th, 10am-12pm
November 14th, 10am-12pm


University of Pennsylvania
Virtual Open House:
October 26th


University of Pittsburgh
Virtual Tours:
Monday-Friday, 2:30pm
Monday-Wednesday, 7pm
Campus Tour:
Monday-Friday, 12pm
Wednesdays, 8pm


University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
Drive-Thru Tours:
September 19th, 10am-12pm
September 26th, 10am-12pm
October 17th, 10am-12pm
October 31st, 10am-12pm


University of the Arts
Virtual Tours:


University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Open Houses:
September 26th, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
October 17th, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
November 8th, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm


Ursinus College
Virtual Visits:
Spring Virtual Open House
March 28th


Villanova University
In-Person & Virtual Tours:


Washington and Jefferson College
Virtual Discovery Day:
October 9th, 3pm-4:30pm


Waynesburg University
In-Person & Virtual Tours:


West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Virtual Tours:


Widener University
Open Houses:
October 11th, 9am-1pm
November 14th, 9am-1pm




Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New York & Virginia College Open Houses

Be sure to call the college in advance to verify the date and time as some of these dates may change. Many schools require that you register before coming to an open house. Click on the college's link in the left column to be taken to their Open House website, if available.


For the most updated information, please reference the source website ( and reference the following link:



Delaware, DC, Maryland, New York & Virginia Colleges & Universities


Delaware State University
Virtual Tour
(800) 845-2544


University of Delaware
Blue Hen Ambassador Live Panel
(302) 831-8123


Wesley College
(800) 937-5398 ext. 2400


Wilmington University 
(877) 967-5464


American University
Preview AU
(202) 885-1000


Catholic University 
Virtual Tour


George Washington University 
Virtual Tour


Georgetown University 
Virtual Visit Options
(202) 687-3600



Frostburg State University
Virtual Tour
(301) 687-4201


Goucher College 
Virtual Tour
1-800-GOUCHER extension 6100


Hood College 
Virtual Tour


Johns Hopkins University 
Virtual Tour
(410) 516-6881


Loyola College 
Virtual Tour


McDaniel College 
Virtual Visits


Morgan State University 
Virtual Tour
(443) 885.3000


Notre Dame of Maryland University 
Virtual Tour


Salisbury University 
Virtual Tour
(410) 543-6161


St. John's College 
Virtual Tour
(800) 727-9238


St. Mary's College of Maryland 
Virtual Tour


Stevenson University 
Virtual Open House September 26, 2020
(877) 468-6852


Towson University  
Virtual Tour


United States Naval Academy 
    Visit USNA
(410) 263-6933


University of Maryland--College Park
Virtual Tour


University of Maryland--Eastern Shore 
Virtual Tour


Washington College 
Fall Open Houses October 10 & November 14, 2020
Virtual Tour
(800) 422-1782, x-7700



Adelphi University 
Virtual Tour


Barnard College 
Virtual Tour


Berkeley College 
Open Houses:
September 26, 2020
October 24, 2020
November 21, 2020


Colgate University 
Virtual Tour
(315) 228-7401


Columbia University 
Virtual Tour
Virtual Visits
(212) 854-4900


College of Mount Saint Vincent 
Virtual Tour


Cornell University 
Virtual Visit
(607) 255-0659


Fashion Institute of Technology 
Virtual Tour


Hamilton College 
Virtual Tour
Virtual Visits


Hobart and William Smith Colleges
(315) 781-3000


Hofstra University 
Virtual Tour


Iona College
Virtual Tour


Ithaca College 
Virtual College Fairs
(800) 429-4274


LIU Brooklyn 
Virtual Open House September 12, 2020


Manhattan College 
Virtual Tour


Manhattanville College 


Marist College 
Virtual Tour

Marymount Manhattan College
Virtual Tour


New School University 
Virtual Visit
(212) 229-5665


New York Institute of Technology 
Virtual Tour


New York University
Virtual Tour
Virtual Information Session
(212) 998 - 4500


Pace University 
Virtual Tours


Parsons The New School for Design 
Virtual Tour
(212) 998 - 4500


Pratt Institute 
Virtual Information Sessions
(800) 331-0834


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Virtual Tour
(518) 276-6216

Rochester Institute of Technology 
In-Person Tours
Virtual Information Sessions
Virtual Tours


Skidmore College 
Virtual Visits
(800) 867-6007


St. John’s University
Virtual Visits


St. Lawrence University
Visit Days


Open House Schedule 
SUNY Activities and Events


Syracuse University
(315) 443-3611


Union College 
Virtual Open Houses every Thursday evening
Virtual Visits
(518) 388-6000


University of Rochester 
Virtual Open Houses
Friday, October 9, 9:00 – 1:00 PM
Monday, October 19, 1:00 – 5:00
Saturday, October 24, 10:00 – 2:00 PM
Thursday, October 29, 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Wednesday, November 11, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Virtual Events
(888) 822-2256


Vassar College 
Virtual Tour
(800) 827-7270


Wagner College 
Virtual Visits
(800) 221-1010


Webb Institute
Virtual Tour

Wells College
Virtual Tour
(800) 952-9355



Christopher Newport University 
Virtual Visit
(757) 594-7000


College of William and Mary 
Virtual Information Session
Virtual Tour
757) 221-4223


George Mason University
Virtual Information Session
Virtual Tour


Hampton University 
Virtual Tour
(757) 727-5328


Hampden Sydney College 
Preview Days
Virtual Tour
(434) 223-6000


Hollins University 
Virtual Tour
Virtual Visits


James Madison University 
Virtual Open House October 2020
Virtual Visit
(540) 568-5681


Longwood University 
In-Person Events
Virtual Events
800.281.4677, Ext. #2


Lynchburg College 
Virtual Tour
800-426-8101 ext. 8300


Mary Baldwin University 
Virtual Tour


Norfolk State University 


Old Dominion University 
Virtual Events
Virtual Tour


Randolph Macon College 
Virtual Open Houses
October 5-7, 2020
October 20-22, 2020
November 9-11, 2020
Virtual Tour
Virtual Visits


Roanoke College 
Virtual Tour
Virtual Visits


Shenandoah University 
In-Person Events
Virtual Information Sessions
Virtual Open Houses
Conservatory Open House Programs


University of Mary Washington 
Virtual Open Houses
September 26, 2020
October 17, 2020
November 14, 2020
February 15, 2021
April 2, 2021
Virtual Events
Virtual Tour


University of Richmond 
Open Houses
October 12, 2020 (Virtual)
March 12, 2021
Virtual Tour
Virtual Visits
(800) 700-1662


University of Virginia
Virtual Information Sessions
Virtual Tour


University of Virginia at Wise


Virginia Commonwealth University 
Virtual Events
Virtual Tour
(800) 841-3638


Virginia Military Institute 
(800) 767-4207


Virginia Tech 
In-Person Events
Virtual Visits
(540) 231-6267


Virginia State University


Virginia Union University
Virtual Tour


Virginia Wesleyan College 
In-Person Events
Virtual Open House October 24, 2020
Virtual Visits