21st Annual Destination College - New Hampshire's Statewide College Planning Event
Saturday, March 20, 2021

Hosted by Plymouth State University (PSU)

Get In The Driver’s Seat!

The NHHEAF Network’s signature event is designed to help high school juniors and their families prepare for entry into college. This annual statewide college planning convention is held each spring through the collaborative efforts of The NHHEAF Network 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, learn tips about the college application process from a student keynote speaker, have the opportunity to participate in scholarship raffles, and attend a college fair. Join us at Destination College 2021 and jumpstart your college planning experience!

Registration for Destination College will open in January, 2021.

Questions? Call 1.888.747.2382, x119 or Email

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Speech Contest

Are you graduating from high school in 2021? If so, we encourage you to submit a three to five (3 to 5) minute speech for our DC Speech Contest. By submitting this short narrative about your path to college and navigating the college admissions process, you can win a $1,000 scholarship and have the opportunity to be a part of the event's opening ceremonies. Sit with our President and CEO Christiana Thornton and other dignitaries! Our contest for 2021 will open Monday, December 14, 2020 with entries due Friday, February 05, 2021. Finalists will be interviewed Tuesday, March 02, 2021.

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 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.

Session IV

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

DC College Fair

The College Fair, featuring many colleges and universities from across New Hampshire and New England, will be held from 11:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Prior registration for the Destination College event is not required to attend just the college fair from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

As of July 7, 2020, participating colleges include:

Please check back as additional colleges will be added weekly before the event.

Workshop Sessions

Sessions (I, II, III, IV)

S: Especially for Students

P: Especially for Parents

SP: Student/Parents

Accessibility Services (SP) [Session: I, II]
In this session, college accessibility services professionals discuss ways in which students with documented disabilities are supported through the process of obtaining reasonable accommodations for their academic, housing, and dining needs.

Admissions Perspective (SP) [Session: I, II]
Everything you've always wanted to know about college admissions...but were afraid to ask! Gain insight and advice about selecting a college, the application process, and finding the right fit from an expert panel of college admissions professionals.

College Debt 101 (SP) [Session: III (Session Full), IV (Session Full)]
Join recent college graduates as they discuss financial life after college. Learn how they are handling their student loan debt, their thoughts about the financial decisions they made when choosing a college, and advice they have for high school students beginning the college search process.

College Fair (SP) [Session: III, IV (Session Full)]
Meet over 60 state and regional college admissions representatives who will provide materials and information about their campuses, academic programs, course offerings, activities and sports. See our updated list of colleges and universities participating in the college fair here.

Creative Ways to Pay for College (SP) [Session: III, IV]
It's no secret that college is expensive! Applying for financial aid is a first step to help with college costs, but what else can you do? Join us for some clever ways to save money, purchase only what you really need, and navigate those unexpected expenses that are part of the college experience.

Financial Aid 101 (P) [Session: I, II, III, IV]
Some of the best things in life are free, unfortunately college isn't one of them! Join the experts as they discuss the basics of financial aid and how this aid can help families to manage college costs.

First Impressions Count!  (S) [Session: III, IV]
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.

Information for the Student Athlete (SP) [Session: II (Session Full), III (Session Full)]
Join college athletes, current college coaches, a high school athletic director, and a college compliance officer to learn about recruitment strategies and eligibility requirements for NCAA division-level sports.

It's a Digital World (SP) [Session: I, II (Session Full)]
Learn about online tools 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 and how public information on your social media profiles can impact your life for many years to come.

Nursing (SP) [Session: I, II]
Are you considering a career in nursing? Wondering which high school courses are required for admission? Do you know about the TEAS exam? Have questions about the curriculum? Join college admissions experts as they discuss the details of college nursing programs.

Parent-to-Parent (P) [Session: I, II]
Applying to college is overwhelming for students, but it is also overwhelming for parents. Between financial aid deadlines, packing all the right things for your student’s new residence, paying the college bill, and adjusting to life without your teen in your home, there is a lot to consider. Join a panel of parents who have been through the process – and have survived to “tell the tale” – as they share their experiences and answer your pressing questions.

Paths to Choosing a Major (SP) [Session: I (Session Full), II (Session Full), III]
Learn how to explore career options and enhance your personal experiences through internships, part-time jobs, community involvement, co-ops, enrichment programs, and more.

Portfolios & Auditions (SP) [Session: II]
Are you interested in majoring in the performing arts? Considering art, architecture, or design? Join college professionals to learn about audition and portfolio requirements, presenting your best work in your portfolio, preparing for a dance, music, or theater audition, and much more.

State Scholars (SP) [Session: III]
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. Did you know that these students 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? Come learn more about the program and the benefits for students in this informative session.

Student Panel (S) [Session: I, II]
Wondering what students really write about in their college essays, how much time you should spend searching and applying for scholarships, what it's like to live in a residence hall, or if classes are really more challenging in college? This panel of student experts will share their experiences and answer your questions about all things college!

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

Tools of the Trade: Using Data to Drive Your College Search (S) [Session: I, II]
Have you been using Google to explore college options? Did you know that you can discover if a school is a good social, academic, and financial match all with one free tool? Come learn how to incorporate this user-friendly tool and its data into your college search process.

Transfer Admission (SP) [Session: I, II]
Are you considering starting your post-secondary education at a two-year school? Concerned about whether college courses you took in high school will transfer to your chosen college? Join a panel of transfer admission counselors who will address the transfer process, special transfer options available to NH students, and more.

Two Year Degrees & Community College Options (SP) [Session: I (Session Full), II (Session Full)]
Learn about the two-year advantage! Representatives from New Hampshire community colleges and two-year degree programs offer information and advice about special degree programs, financial considerations, and the many advantages of earning an associate degree.

Study Away! (SP) [Session: I, II]
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 workshop.


  1. Registration in advance is required for each person in your family/group who will be in attendance.
  2. On the day of the event, each person in your family/group is required to check in to pick up materials for the event.
  3. We encourage you to dress comfortably (including appropriate footwear!) as sessions are held in various buildings across campus.
  4. Please plan to bring a refillable water bottle as Plymouth State University (PSU) provides many water-filling stations (also known as “hydration stations”) across campus as part of the institution’s commitment to reduce waste.
  5. For planning purposes, the college’s bookstore will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., You may also purchase lunch in Davison Hall, the school's dining facility from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. or in the Gallo Café in the Jean Student Center Complex from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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