College Fair

Golden Circle College Fair

The Golden Circle College Fair is the largest college fair in Iowa. The fair is an annual favorite as it draws in colleges and universities from across the United States, and offers Iowa families a chance to explore nearly 135 colleges in one day. A new addition to the fair is the Career Cluster area. Each of the 16 Career Clusters will be represented by Iowa businesses offering insight and advice on different career paths. The fair also features breakout sessions on job outlooks in Iowa, employer expectations, college selection, and the financial aid process. The fair is held annually the last Sunday in September or the first Sunday in October depending on the calendar. For more information visit

  • Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017
  • New Location: Iowa Center for Higher Education – 2500 Fleur Drive, Des Moines (map)
  • Time: 12:30 – 3 pm


  • College and University Representation. As the largest college fair in Iowa, Golden Circle offers the most diverse list of exhibiting colleges and universities.
  • Career Cluster Representatives. Learn about emerging career fields and the education required by visiting the NEW Career Cluster booths. Each of the 16 Career Clusters will be represented by Central Iowa business and industry leaders, giving students the opportunity to discuss their career interests while visiting colleges about potential programs and majors.
  • Breakout Sessions. Take the opportunity to listen in a free break-out session on topics like emerging industry, Iowa job growth, career planning, college selection, employer expectations, and the financial aid process.


Students are strongly encouraged to register in advance at


Valley has long been the site of an annual college fair and planning night. However, for the 2016-2017 school year, Roosevelt High School will be hosting this awesome event sponsored by the Iowa Association for College Admission Counseling. For a full list of Iowa College Day/College Night Events follow this link IACAC Iowa College Day/College Night Schedule.


Des Moines Roosevelt High School

Monday, February 27, 2017


For a general idea of which schools will be visiting, the following list shows the schools scheduled to attend Valley’s 2016 College Fair

Allen College
Augsburg College
Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD
Aveda Institute Des Moines
Bradley University
Briar Cliff University
Buena Vista University
Central College
Chadron State College
Clarke University
Coe College
College of Saint Mary
Cornell College
Creighton University
Crown College
Dordt College
Drake University
Graceland University
Grand View University
Grinnell College
Gustavus Adolphus College
Hamline University
Hawkeye Community College
Indian Hills Community College
Iowa Central Community College
Iowa College Access Network
Iowa Lakes Community College
Iowa National Guard
Iowa School of Beauty
Iowa State University
Iowa Student Loan
Iowa Wesleyan University
Kaplan University – Cedar Rapids
Kirkwood Community College
La James International College
Loras College
Luther College
Maharishi University of Management
Mercy College of Health Sciences
Michigan Technological University
Midland University
Missouri Western State Univ.
Monmouth College
Mount Mercy University
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Northwest Iowa Community College
Northwest Missouri State University
Northwestern College
PCI Academy
Peru State College
Saint Louis University
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Simpson College
Southwest Minnesota State University
Southwestern Community College
St. Ambrose University
St. Luke’s College
The Creative Center
The University of South Dakota
Truman State University
U.S. Army
University of Central Missouri
University of Dubuque
University of Iowa
University of Iowa
University of Minnesota Rochester
University of Nebraska
University of Nebraska Omaha
University of Northern Iowa
University of Sioux Falls
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Upper Iowa University
Waldorf College
Wartburg College
Wayne State College
Webster University
Western Illinois University
William Jewell College
William Penn University