TACRAO Season Is Here!

Recruiters and Counselors, the Fall TACRAO fairs are upon us!

We have compiled the list of TACRAO fairs for the Coastal Bend, Laredo, and the Rio Grande Valley. As we get ready to hit the road and interact with students, here are a few tips for both counselors and recruiters:


  • Make sure students are registered with GoToCollegeFairs.com and selected the appropriate TACRAO week.
  • Be sure to communicate any last minute updates or changes with college reps.
  • Take advantage of the fair to meet new reps and collect business cards.


  • Make sure you have shipped or brought enough materials with you. Using last year’s numbers can help, but it never hurts to have extra!
  • Be sure you get enough rest and stay energized throughout the week. Bring an umbrella, mints, and other TACRAO survival gear.
  • Network with other recruiters for tips on local restaurants, last minute fair changes, and any activities taking place during the week.

Coastal Bend – September 16 – 20


 9/16/2019             9:00 AM – 11:00 AM             Incarnate Word Academy 

                                1:30 PM – 3:30 PM                North Bay Area College Day

                                6:00 PM – 8:00 PM                Calallen High School College Night  


9/17/2019             9:00 AM – 11:00 AM              Coastal Bend College Transfer and High School Fair

                                7:00 PM – 9:00 PM                Coastal Bend Area College Night Expo (CCISD)  


9/18/2019             1:30:00 PM – 3:30 PM           Alice High School College Fair

     6:00 PM – 8:00 PM                 Kingsville Area College Night


9/19/2019             9:00 AM – 12:00 PM              Freer High School College Fair  

     9:00 AM – 11:00 AM             Del Mar College Transfer Day

     12:30 PM – 3:30 PM              Gregory-Portland High School College Fair  


9/20/2019             9:00 AM – 11:30 AM             Flour Bluff High School Fair


Rio Grande Valley – September 23 – 27


9/23/2019                 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM         Rio Grande City College Day  

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM            La Joya ISD College Fair

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM            McAllen ISD College Night


9/24/2019                 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM         Mission CISD College Day  

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM            Donna High School College Day

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM            Los Fresnos ISD College Day  

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM            Sharyland ISD College Night

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM            PSJA ISD College Night  


9/25/2019              9:00 AM – 11:00 AM         Weslaco ISD College Day  

                                9:00 AM – 11:00 AM         Port Isabel College Fair  

                                1:00 PM – 3:00 PM            South Texas ISD College Day  

                                6:00 PM – 8:00 PM            Rio Hondo ISD College Night  

                                6:00 PM – 8:00 PM            Edinburg CISD College Night  


9/26/2019             8:00 AM – 12:00 PM         Brownsville ISD University Day  

                               2:30 PM – 4:30 PM            Private Schools College Fair  

                               6:00 PM – 8:00 PM            Harlingen CISD College Night  


9/27/2019             9:00 AM – 11:00 AM         Mercedes College Fair  

                               10:00 AM – 11:30 AM       San Benito College Day  

                               1:00 PM – 3:00 PM            Willacy County Rural School Districts    


Laredo – October 28 – 31


10/28/2019           9:00 AM – 11:00 AM         Medina Valley ISD  

                                6:00 PM – 8:00 PM            San Felipe Del Rio CISD  


10/29/2019           1:00 PM – 2:30 PM            Crystal City ISD  

                                6:00 PM – 8:00 PM            Eagle Pass ISD  


10/30/2019           9:00 AM – 11:00 AM         Carrizo Springs CISD  

                                1:00 PM – 2:30 PM            Dilley ISD

      3:00 PM – 4:00 PM            Cotulla ISD

      6:00 PM – 8:00 PM            Laredo Area Schools  


10/31/2019           9:00 AM – 11:00 AM         Uvalde CISD  

     1:00 PM – 3:00 PM            Southwest Texas Junior College  

Becoming a Longhorn

Are you considering a future at The University of Texas at Austin?

During this presentation, you’ll learn why students choose UT Austin, what we’re looking for in future Longhorns and your next steps on the path to admission.

Join us on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at The University Center at TSTC for our Becoming a Longhorn Information Session!

The University Center at TSTC is located at:

2424 Boxwood Street

Harlingen, Texas, 78550

High School Seniors, Please register HERE!

For more information about the event, please contact:

The University of Texas at Austin

Valley Admissions Center


[email protected]

Rice University – Information Sessions

High School Seniors!

You and your family are invited to attend an information session where you can learn about Rice University’s academic programs, student life, admission and financial assistance options.

Choose from two locations in your area:

Sunday, August 18
2 p.m.

Brownsville Events Center
1 Events Center Boulevard
Brownsville, TX 78526

Sunday, August 18
7 p.m.

McAllen Convention Center
700 Convention Center Boulevard
McAllen, TX 78501

Space is Limited, so register Today!

Register Here:



Welcome Back Counselors!

It’s the start of the 2019 – 2020 academic year, and we are excited to share important updates with you!

As with every start of the Fall Semester, it’s time to get the latest updates and news from different colleges and universities across this great state. Here is a list of current updates you will want to sign up for and attend. Please contact your local representative to get more specific details about each event including the time, location, etc.

If you have not already done so, please create a Counselor Account so you can view our calendar for any further changes or updates.

Counselor Updates

August 5 – Texas Southmost College

August 16 – Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi)

September 5 – TXST & UTSA (Corpus Christi)

September 10 – UT & A&M (Laredo)

September 10 – Texas A&M Kingsville (Coastal Bend)

September 11 – Texas Tech & UH (Coastal Bend)

September 11 – UT & A&M (RGV)

September 12 – Texas Tech & UH (RGV)

September 12 – UT & A&M (Coastal Bend)

September 13 – South Texas College

September 17 – Texas A&M Kingsville (RGV)

October 1 – TXST & UTSA (RGV – Mission)

October 2 – TXST & UTSA (RGV – Brownsville)

October 8 – Texas A&M Corpus Christi (RGV)

3rd Annual Rio Grande Valley Regional College Fair

Join us at the Rio Grande Valley’s only region-wide college fair on April 15, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Approximately 60 colleges from across the country and over 1,200 high school students and parents from the area are expected to attend.


All high school and transfer students, including their families, and local educators may attend. This event is open to the public! 


Admission is free. 


Yes! Let us know you’re coming to the fair. We will send you details about the event location, event map, and event parking. 

Day Fair (1:00 – 400 p.m.) – REGISTER NOW

Night Fair (5:30 – 8:00 p.m.) – REGISTER NOW


Our regional college fair will be hosted at Casa De Amistad in Harlingen.  Free parking is available in any unmarked spot in front of the facilities or in the east side parking lot. Further parking and driving directions will be made available upon registration.


Register in advance to receive event updates and directions, including the full listing of all colleges, universities, and organizations attending our college fair.


If you are a high school or college readiness coordinator and would like to bring a bus from your institution, please sign up as a group using the registration links provided above. Upon registration of your group, you will be contacted immediately and further instructions will be provided.


Contact Jon Cunningham

Register for Preparate!

Plan now to join your fellow educators at the Prepárate: Educating Latinos for the Future of America conference this coming April. Register and book your hotel today to take advantage of the early rates.

April 9–10, 2019

San Antonio, Texas

Prepárate is for student advocates like you to learn, discuss, and share teaching strategies and tools that benefit our Latino students.
Attend sessions on:

  • Equality for Latino students
  • Practices for creating a college-going culture
  • Strategies to better support undocumented students
  • Pathways for Latino students

Register Now