18th Annual Destination College - New Hampshire's Statewide College Planning Event
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Hosted by Plymouth State University (PSU)

College: The Passport to Your Future

The Organizations’ signature event is designed to help high school juniors and their families prepare for entry into college. This annual statewide college preparation convention is held every spring through collaborative efforts between The NHHEAF Network Organizations and New Hampshire colleges and universities. All of the day's events are FREE to students and parents.

Attendees will have access to a variety of free college planning workshops (see the Workshops & Presentation tab below), student keynote speaker and have the opportunity to participate in scholarship raffles and attend a college fair. The 19th Annual Destination College will be held Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Southern New Hampshire University, and registration for the event will open in early February 2018.

Questions? Call 1.888.7.GRADUATE, x119 or Email

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Speech Contest

Are you graduating from high school in 2017? If so, we encourage you to submit a 3-5 minute speech for our DC Speech Contest. By submitting a 3-5 minute speech about your path to college and navigating the college admissions process, you, too, can win a $1,000 scholarship and have the opportunity to share the stage with VIPS like New Hampshire’s governor, the PSU president, and even the CEO of NHHEAF! Applications due Friday, February 10, 2017 at 5 p.m. EST.

Saturday, March 18, 2017 - Schedule of the Day

Check In

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Opening Session

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Session I

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Session II

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Session III

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

College Fair

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

DC College Fair

Admission Representatives: Click here for details about participating in the 2017 College Fair.

Please call 800.525.2577 x191 with questions.

The College Fair will be held from 12:30-2:00 p.m. . Prior registration for the Destination College event is not required to attend the college fair. Representatives from many New England colleges will attend the college fair. As the date approaches, check back for a complete list. College representatives from the following colleges and universities will be present:

* Out of State Colleges/Universities

Workshop Sessions

Sessions (I, II, III)

S: Especially for Students

P: Especially for Parents

SP: Student/Parents

Money Management for Your College-Bound Student (P)
So they're off to college soon, eh? How the heck are they going to pay for stuff? Do you send them off to college with a wallet full of cash? Should you give them a credit card? What about a debit card? Should you use the college's pre-paid cards? The decisions made here could have a dramatic impact on your child's personal finances. Learn how the landscape is changing and get some helpful tips on how to help your kids learn to manage their money and protect themselves when they head off to college.

College Costs & Financial Aid (P)
Some of the best things in life are free, unfortunately college isn't one of them...Join the experts as they discuss how financial aid can help families manage college costs.

Information for the Student Athlete (SP)
Join college athletes, current college coaches and a college compliance officer to learn about recruitment strategies and eligibility requirements for NCAA division-level sports.

It's a Digital World College Admissions (P)
Learn what online tools are available to aid you in the college selection, application and financial aid processes. Learn the best methods (and some helpful tips) for using social media to your advantage in your college search. Also learn how public information on your social media profiles can impact your life for many years to come.

Know the Score: Capitalizing on FREE Test Prep Resources (S)
Explore the role standardized testing (SAT and ACT) plays in the college admission process. An expert from NHHEAF will share FREE test prep resources to help maximize your individual score potential.

Launching a Scholarship Search (S)
There are thousands of scholarships for good grades, sports, public service, or special talents. Find out where to look and get tips for applying!

Moving Beyond Google: Learning to use College Search Engines (SP)
Learn how to use two free websites to explore and research career and major options- and find the schools that meet your specific needs.

Services for Students with Learning Differences (SP)
504? IEP? LD? College advisors discuss ways in which campus support services can help motivated students excel.

The Paths to Choosing a Major (SP)
A discussion about ways to explore career options and enhance your personal experiences through internships, part-time jobs, community involvement, co-ops, enrichment programs and more.

The Write Stuff (S)
During this session, students learn tips and strategies for developing the written portion of the application. Focus is on writing the college essay, creating an impressive resume and obtaining positive letters of recommendation.

This is All New to Us: Advice for Parents Who Haven't Been to College (P)
From college visits to college lingo, the steps seem complicated even for those familiar with the process. This session breaks it all down and offers essential "college knowledge" to parents who did not go to college themselves.

Stump a College Guru! (SP)
Got questions? We've got a team of college gurus - admissions, financial aid, and school counseling experts - to answer all your questions! What's the most important part of the college admissions process? Will our family's savings impact my financial aid? Do employers really care which school I graduate from? Is a B- in an honors course better than an A- in an easier class? Can I bring my pet with me to the dorm? Attend this session for answers to your toughest questions.

You Only Get One Chance to Make a First Impression (S)
Join us for tips and advice about how to best present yourself during all parts of the college application process. From email inquiries to college interviews, learn how to communicate effectively and make a great first (and lasting!) impression.

Use Your Passport - Study Away! (SP)
Ireland? Australia? Washington, D.C.? France? Have you considered a study away program while you're in college? Or maybe you're thinking about attending a college outside of the United States for your entire degree program. Come learn more about study away and international admissions from a panel of experts in this informative session. There will be plenty of time for questions, so come with your list ready!

NH State Scholars (SP)
Will you be graduating as a New Hampshire Scholar? Students who pledge to be NH Scholars enroll in a rigorous course of study throughout high school in order to increase their chances of college and career success. They are also recognized for going above and beyond high school graduation requirements. Did you know that NH Scholars also have a better chance of obtaining certain types of scholarships? How about the fact that NH Scholars can apply to most NH colleges and universities for free? Business leaders reinforce the need for high level skills through mentoring and classroom presentations in NH Scholars schools. Come learn more about the NH Scholars Program and the benefits for students in this informative session.


  1. Dress comfortably - sessions are held in various buildings across campus.
  2. All attendees must register in advance.
  3. Each person in your family/group must register separately.

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