Buffalo National College Fair
March 15-16 Buffalo Niagara Convention Center

About the BNCF

NACAC10/13/22 - THE BUFFALO NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR WILL BE RETURNING - MARCH 15-16 2023. After a long layoff due to the COVID pandemic, NACAC has confirmed the return of Buffalo's largest college fair which is free and open to the public. As we prepare, we will be posting information about the fair as it becomes available.

Who Will Be There?

Check out a list of the exhibitors and high schools that will be in attendance (check back as this will be updated)

Participating High Schools

  • Bennett High School
  • Brocton High School
  • Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts
  • Buffalo Academy of Culinary Arts & Hospitality Mgmt
  • Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart
  • Buffalo Seminary
  • Burgard Vocational High
  • City Honors School
  • Clarence Senior High School
  • Cleveland Hill High School
  • East High School
  • Ellicottville Central High School
  • Emerson High School
  • Frederick Law Olmsted School
  • Fredonia High School
  • Fredonia Upward Bound Program
  • Gowanda Central High School
  • Holland Central School
  • Hutchinson Tech High School
  • International Prep 198 @ 202
  • Iroquois High School
  • Lafayette High School
  • Leonardo DaVinci High School
  • Math Science Tech Prep School at Seneca
  • McKinley High School
  • Nardin Academy *
  • Newcomer Academy
  • North Collins Senior High School
  • Oakfield-Alabama High School
  • Orchard Park High School
  • Pioneer Central High School
  • Research Laboratory School for Biology and Life Sciences
  • Riverside Institute of Technology
  • South Park High School
  • Sweet Home High School
  • Williamsville South High School
* Evening


  • Session 1 Wednesday 03/15/23
  • Day 9:00am to 12:00pm
  • Evening 6:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Session 2 Thursday 03/16/23
  • Day 9:00am to 12:00pm

Parking for the evening session on Wednesday night is available at both the Augspurger and Fernbach Ramps. You will have to pay the posted rate.


Useful information to help you prepare for the fair.


Please check back soon for upcoming workshops.


Be Prepared

The great thing and major difference between the National College Fair and local fairs is its sheer size. Over 200 colleges and universities from all over the world can be there, so it's a bit daunting. If you stroll up and down the aisles without a plan you may run out of time. That is why time management is so important. Each booth has a number which corresponds to the map in the locator which you will be given as you walk in. As soon as possible, we will begin posting a list of attending colleges and where they are to be located at the fair so that you can begin planning.

Lead Retrieval

The BNCF is one of NACAC's Lead Retrieval sites. You can pre-register for the fair at any time. By registering ahead of time, you will save time at the fair. After you register online, you will be able to print out a bar-coded sheet that you will bring with you to the fair. Many colleges and universities at the fair will be able to quickly scan this sheet and get your information automatically - without you having to fill out any cards. You can use this time to talk to those college reps and get all your important questions answered. The data collected in this process is confidential and will not be used or released to anyone except those colleges that you allow to scan your sheet. If you forget your sheet, there will be printing kiosks available at the fair.


The Role of Sponsors

Each year we seek both local and national sponsors to help make our fair successful. Because of the generous giving of the following sponsors our fair is able to promote this free event to the public, provide necessary services to students at the fair to assist in their search, provide superior hospitality to the exhibitors in attendance at our fair to make them want to come back each year, and most importantly... allow our local arrangements committee the ability to assist schools and districts in need to send students to the fair each year.

Why Be a Sponsor?

As a sponsor (and there are varying levels), we can offer a combination or all of the following: signage at the fair, placement on our website, placement on our fair shirts, presence at the fair in the resource center - if appropriate, logo placement in the fair locator, etc...


Registration Details

Registration for colleges and universities to exhibit at the fair is done through NACAC itself. Members of NACAC, in addition to all the great resources and information available to them, receive a discounted rate on all National College Fairs. Registration for the fairs is ongoing and can even be accomplished on-site the day of the fair, however early registration allows for proper acknowledgement and printing on the fair maps and in the locator.

Lead Retrieval

Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, New York and several other fairs this year have been selected as pilot fairs for NACAC's Lead Retrieval service. Through lead retrieval colleges will be provided with a device they can use to scan student UPC's. This data will then be forwarded to the college automatically in a comma delimited file. Each year Buffalo is a leader among students pre-registered for the fair.

Why Buffalo?

Our local arrangements committee works hard to assure you a good turnout. We plan year round and have made it our goal to get any student or school that wants to attend to the fair. We have raised funds to achieve the goal of making the fair available to all and also to market our evening session to the community. We have had traffic of 8,000 or greater at all of our past seven fairs.


Counselor 5 for 50 Challenge

Returning to this year's 2020 fair! We are excited to offer school counselors a chance to enhance their experience at our fair by encouraging local counselors to reach out and meet college representatives from colleges and universities outside of our area in attendance, while at the same time be entered for a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to either Premier or Wegmans.


If you have any questions about the national college fair please fill out the following form and we will get back to you shortly, or you can call for information at (716) 286-8716.