Academic Fair

  • Date: the Academic Fair takes place just before the fall term, on the Tuesday prior to the first day of classes
  • Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Locations: WLH & LC.
A directory of room assignments (downloadable and printable) is  available here. A map showing the locations of WLH and LC is available here.
What is the purpose of the Academic Fair?
  • To showcase courses, majors, programs and departments
  • To provide an occasion for incoming students to seek guidance and accurate information about courses, placement, and prerequisites for majors
  • To share news of upcoming departmental initiatives or events
  • To distribute departmental contact information for follow-up meetings
  • To allow students to meet the director of undergraduate studies, other faculty, staff, or majors in each department
For students
Who should attend?
Incoming first-year students, transfer students, and Eli Whitney Program students are especially invited to attend the Academic Fair. All students are welcome, however, and every year some sophomores, juniors or seniors do attend.
To whom should I address questions about the Academic Fair?
Please direct any Academic Fair questions to Risa Sodi, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of Advising and Special Programs, at or 203-432-8427.
for faculty and departments
Who should attend?
The director of undergraduate studies is the logical choice to attend the Academic Fair. Many departments recruit additional faculty members to attend, especially those with introductory courses that appeal to freshmen. Some have also found success by enlisting senior majors or members of the departmental Student Advisory Committee to help answer student questions.
Will I be in LC or WLH?
Many of humanities departments and programs are in LC, and the remaining humanities departments along with the social science and science departments and programs are in WLH.  Click here for this year’s room assignments. 
Which room?
This year’s room assignments will generally follow last year’s, and will be emailed to all DUSes and DUS assistants in August. The floor plans for WLH and LC are both online.
What, if anything, should I bring with me?
DUSes bring a wide array of materials with them . Please see the document “Academic Fair Notes from the Field” for a list.
Departments with roadmaps are strongly encouraged to bring copies with them.
What are good ways to handle strong student interest in my department or program?
In past years, departments with strong student interest (including, but not limited to, those with high-enrollment first-year courses, such as MCDB and MB&B, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, Psychology, etc.) have handled high student attendance by bringing several faculty members, besides the DUS, to the Academic Fair.  Often, chairs, course coordinators, departmental registrars, and senior majors flank the DUS and associated faculty.
Whom should I contact with Academic Fair questions?
Please direct any Academic Fair questions to Risa Sodi, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of Advising and Special Programs, at or 203-432-8427.