St. Louis Metro East Illinois Regional College Fair - Southwestern Illinois College

Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022, 1:30-3:30 PM

Belleville Campus Varsity Gym, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville, IL, 62221

High School students and community college transfer students are invited to meet with more than 100 colleges and universities and attend financial aid and transfer planning workshops. This event is free and open to the public.

College Fair: 1:30-3:30 PM
Financial Aid Workshops: 1:45-2:15 PM and 2:45-3:15 PM
Transfer Planning Workshop: 2:15-2:45 PM

Event logistics and schedule have been planned in order to follow IDPH COVID safety guidelines:

  • All students must register at prior to entering the fair. Masks are required on campus.
  • Families are asked to park in lots M3 or M4 and enter the building through entrance F near the cafeteria.
  • College and university representatives will be spaced out in one direction through the first floor hallway and varsity gym to allow social distancing.

Parking is available in lot M3 or M4. Students and guests, please enter through entrance F near the cafeteria.

College Fair Planning Resources and Tips

  1. Review college catalogs in your high school guidance office or visit the college websites before the fair. Develop questions to ask the representative at the fair.
  2. Select your “must see” colleges in priority order. Allocate time at the fair to speak with each one.
  3. Attend workshops on Financial Aid and Transfer Planning, if applicable to your college needs.
  4. Take the opportunity to learn about colleges new to you and colleges that are further away to visit. Local colleges are likely to be available to speak with at other fairs in the area if you run short on time.
  5. Pick up business cards of the admissions representative or handouts and jot notes on the back for follow-up later.
  6. Visit planning websites such as NACAC Student and Parent College Planning Resources, Illinois Student Assistance Commission, and College Board

2022 Participating Colleges and Universities

Check back often for additions or cancellations. Last updated 2/23/2022




College Fair Information

FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP, 1:45-2:15 PM OR 2:45-3:15 PM in MC Theatre, 2nd Floor
Financial Aid 101 – Types, Qualifications, & Processes

Presenter: Christopher Melvin, Interim Director of Financial Aid & Student Services

Students and families will learn about the financial aid process and the steps to maximize and simplify the financial aid process. Open to all students and families.

TRANSFER PLANNING WORKSHOP, 2:15-2:45 PM in MC Theatre, 2nd Floor
Tips and Tools for Transfer Success

Presenter: Jill Baudendistal, Academic Advisor & Program Specialist

Are you a high school student considering attending SWIC before transferring to a four-year university? Are you a SWIC college student planning to transfer?Learn about the steps to transferring, course transferability, cost savings, application processes, deadlines, financial aid/scholarships and more.


The college fair is coordinated by Southwestern Illinois College in partnership with a committee of local high school representatives. The fair is sponsored in conjunction with the Illinois Association for College Admissions Counselors (IACAC) and is part of the statewide Illinois Regional College Fair (IRCF) schedule.

Institutions wishing to participate may register here:  St. Louis Metro East Baccalaureate College Fair


  • Katie Dawson (On-Site Coordinator), Southwestern Illinois College
  • Haley Horton, (Fair Planning Committee Co-Chair) Southwestern Illinois College
  • Keimia Parham, (Fair Planning Committee Co-Chair) Southwestern Illinois College
  • Merle Wilder, Belleville East High School
  • Amanda Guinn, Belleville West High School
  • Janine Cihak, Collinsville High School
  • Melissa Biebel, Collinsville High School
  • Kathleen Kelley, Columbia High School
  • Anne Meinert, Freeburg High School
  • Kelly Bione, Southwestern Illinois College
  • Brittany Pfeiffer-Ainsworth, Southwestern Illinois College
  • Maddie Gauch, Southwestern Illinois College
  • Jordan Staves, Southwestern Illinois College
  • Stephen Mruzik, Southwestern Illinois College
  • Emilie Blomenkamp, Southwestern Illinois College
  • Jill Baudendistal, Southwestern Illinois College
  • Christopher Melvin, Southwestern Illinois College