2019 Quaker College Fair

September 28, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm America/New York Timezone
Friends Center
1501 Cherry St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Kimberly Haas

A free event designed for students engaged in the college search process, The 2019 Quaker College Fair will be held noon-3pm on Saturday, September 28 at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street in Philadelphia. Registration, though not required, helps us prepare for your attendance.


Typical Program Agenda

Held annually, the fair exists to help Quaker and non Quaker students think through the search process, access information, and consider what a values based college search can bring to the discernment process. It is centered in conversations about “where will I thrive?” and “what do I really care about?”

We welcome Quaker families to bring their friends and also encourage groups of students to attend together. Friends who teach in public schools are welcome to bring interested students they may know.

Colleges represented at the Quaker College Fair offer an education rooted in Quaker tenets. Appropriate for all high school aged students, and particularly relevant to Juniors and their families, this Fair allows for one-to-one personalized contact with Admissions officers, financial aid experts, and college graduates. It offers insight into the college search process, and connects families with experts in the field. Information about financial aid and campus life are also provided, and an interactive panel discussion opens the Fair.

2019 Panelists

  • Alan Baker, Professor of Philosophy, Swarthmore College
  • Hallie Ciarlone, Director of College Counseling, Delaware Valley Friends School
  • Sydney Coffin, English Teacher, Philadelphia School District
  • Shahidah Kalim Id-Din, English Department, William Penn Charter School

Participating Colleges include

  • Barclay College
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Earlham College
  • Earlham School of Religion,
  • Friends University
  • George Fox University
  • Global College of Long Island University
  • Guilford College
  • Haverford College
  • Malone University
  • Pendle Hill
  • Swarthmore College
  • Wilmington College
  • William Penn University
  • Whittier College.


The Quaker College Fair is free and low-cost parking is available. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration ensures that students are kept informed. The Fair is jointly organized by the Friends Association for Higher Education (FAHE) and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM).