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October 19th, 2022

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5701 Oakton Ave.Skokie, IL 60077


300 Church St, Lake Zurich, IL 60047

List of Colleges Who Are Attending Mini Portfolio Day

Art Academy of Cincinnati

ArtCenter College of Design

Cleveland Institute of Art

College for Creative Studies

Columbia College Chicago

Columbus College of Art & Design

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Illinois State University

Illinois Wesleyan University

Kansas City Art Institute

Kendall College of Art and Design of

Ferris State University

Laguna College of Art and Design

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Millikin University School of Art and Creative Media

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Montserrat College of Art

North Park University

Northern Illinois University

Ringling College of Art & Design

Savannah College of Art and Design

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Syracuse University

The New School - Parsons School of Design

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Michigan- Stamps School of Art & Design

Virginia Commonwealth University

Western Illinois University

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  • Each school will have an opportunity to present to students

  • Presentations will be 10-15 minutes with 5 minutes for Q&A

  • Presentations should be a short infomercial that highlights and emphasizes what students should know most about your school.

  • Each school will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with students throughout the day to conduct portfolio reviews and engage deeper about opportunities at your school

  • Each school will have a 6-foot table & chairs to set up all of your materials

  • We encourage you to bring a “swag bag”  for the raffle at the end of the day. Stickers, bumper stickers, t-shirts, banners, bags, sketchbooks, pens/pencils, etc.

  • Students will come prepared with questions for the individual schools about admissions, scholarships, etc.

  • Students will fill out informational cards or use StriveScan

  • Students will have their portfolios and about 5-15 pieces for review

  • Students will take notes on college portfolio reviewers feedback

  • Students will be from various grade levels, so remember some portfolios may not be as developed as others.


  • Opportunity to conduct one-on-one portfolio reviews

  • Contact information for art interested students

  • Exclusive recruitment and scouting opportunities

  • Great promotional opportunity for your school

  • Online presence on our Mini Portfolio Day website

  • Over 150 student connections in one day

Looking for a great recruitment opportunity?  Mini Portfolio Days at Niles West, Lake Zurich, and Oswego High Schools offers a unique opportunity for your school to connect with students. The Mini Portfolio Days gives art schools, colleges and universities access to over 300 art students from over 13 public and private high schools in the state of Illinois. In addition to individual presentations, Admissions Representatives will have the opportunity to conduct one-on-one portfolio reviews all throughout the day.


Our students are extremely excited to hear from you and see what your school is all about. Please click on each school's individual page above for more details about their event and to RSVP.


All three high schools are planning to use Strivescan again at next year's event. We were happy with the overall feedback we received from all our students and Admissions Representatives. Keep in mind, our high schools have no affiliation with Strivescan, nor do we receive any sponsorship incentives for using the App. However, we feel that it was extremely helpful to students. The App simplified the need for students filling out information cards throughout the day by hand. It also allowed us to receive some very useful feedback about our event. Please consider using Strivescan at Mini Portfolio Day  if your schools not currently using it.


Students will be asking for critical feedback regarding their portfolios and looking to gather information about your school that may help them make those tough decisions in the very near future.

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