23rd Annual Destination College - New Hampshire's Statewide College Planning Event
Saturday, April 09, 2022

Hosted by Saint Anselm College

Your Path Awaits

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 2022 and jumpstart your college planning experience!

Registration for Destination College will open in February, 2022.

Questions? Call 1.888.747.2382, x119 or Email

Speech Contest Winner

2021 Destination College Speech Contest Winner

Greetings and Salutations! My name is Amaya Simmons and I am so honored to be deemed the winner of the 2021 Destination College Speech Contest scholarship. I am a Senior at Concord High School located in Concord, New Hampshire. I am a part of the Concord Regional Technical Center Health Science program in which I am working towards my Licensed Nursing Assistant certification.

Along with this, I am a class representative for the Health Occupations Students of America organization. This organization is student-led and is largely based around the promotion of career opportunities in the healthcare industry.

My passions and values include patient advocacy, equality, dignity, and justice which has greatly motivated me to pursue my interests in Nursing. My personal interests are hiking, reading, and socializing with family and friends. I am looking forward to indulging myself in the full college experience this upcoming year.

Speech Contest Runner Up

2021 Destination College Speech Contest Runner Up

Deetya Buddhineni

I am a senior at Nashua High School South. Over my high school years, I have developed a deep passion for coding. From my passion bloomed my selected major, Computer Science.As an ambitious seventeen year old, I hope to pursue a successful career in the technology field, and use my talents to break barriers and make my mark on the world.

Apart from my interest in coding, I delight in dancing, running, and writing. I have danced competitively since I was six years old, and plan to continue to set the stage on fire. Running is my favorite physical activity, and my daily dose of energy. Writing allows me to express the creativity bottled up inside my soul. I hope to author a few books in the future, one of them being an autobiography. Another goal of mine is to create a successful YouTube channel where I can share my ideas and interests with a like-minded audience.

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Speech Contest Submission

Are you graduating from high school in 2022? Are you interested in scholarship money to help pay for college? If so, we encourage you to submit a 3- to 5-minute speech for our Destination College Speech Contest. By submitting a short narrative (via either essay or YouTube video) about your path to college and navigating the college admissions process, you may win a $1,000 scholarship and have the opportunity to be a part of the event’s opening ceremonies. Click here for more information.

Applications are due Friday, March 04, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 09, 2022 - Schedule of the Day

9:00 AM – 9:40 AM Opening Session
9:45 AM – 10:30 AM Session I (Click for Session Descriptions)
10:35 AM – 10:40 AM Speech Contest Winner Presentation
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM Session II (Click for Session Descriptions)
11:35 AM – 11:45 AM Saint Anselm College President’s Address
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM College Fair

DC College Fair

As of Thursday, March 18, 2021, participating colleges include:

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

Workshop Sessions

Sessions (I, II)

College Admissions Panel  [Session: I, II]

Learn 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 a panel of expert college admissions professionals. Bring your questions!

Financial Aid Panel  [Session: I, II]

Some of the best things in life are free; unfortunately college isn't one of them! Join a panel of college financial aid professionals as they help demystify the financial aid process, share tips to ensure students receive their best financial aid offer, and explain how this aid can help families to manage college costs.

Choosing a College Major  [Session: I, II]

Choosing your major is an important step toward your career. Learn how to navigate this choice to maximize future options.

The College Search  [Session: I, II]

Creating the “perfect” list of colleges can feel like an overwhelming task. Join our experts to learn how to ease the stress, have productive conversations, utilize your resources, weigh your needs and wants, and make the most of the college exploration process.

The College Application Process  [Session: I, II]

Now that you have your list of colleges, what's next? The application process may seem complicated, but learning the steps in advance can set you up for success. This workshop addresses the various methods of application, senior year timeline, the elements of a strong college application, as well as tips and suggestions to present your best self through your application.

The College-Bound Student Athlete  [Session: I, II]

Join college athletes, current college coaches, high school athletic directors, and a college compliance officer to learn about recruitment strategies, eligibility requirements, and what life is like for NCAA college athletes.

Two Year Degrees & Community College Options  [Session: I, II]

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.

It's a Digital World: Utilizing Your Resources in the College Process  [Session: I, II]

Learn about online tools available to aid you in the college selection, application, and financial aid processes. Explore the best methods - and some helpful tips - for using social media to your advantage in your college search and how information on your social media profiles can impact your life for many years to come.

Accessing College Accommodations  [Session: I, II]

In this workshop, college accessibility services professionals discuss ways in which students with documented disabilities are supported through the process of requesting and obtaining reasonable accommodations for their college academic, housing, and dining needs.

Study Away  [Session: I, II]

Ireland? Australia? Washington, D.C.? France? Are you considering 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.

The College Essay  [Session: I, II]

From brainstorming just the right topic and capturing YOU, to editing and demonstrating your critical thinking, this workshop will present tips and strategies to develop your college essay. Our experts will share what college admissions professionals are looking for in your essay and answer your questions to ensure you present your best work.

College Cost-Cutting Tips  [Session: I, II]

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.

Saint Anselm College Tour  [Session: I, II]

Tour the beautiful Saint Anselm College campus. Current students will show you a variety of academic and student-centric spaces while sharing their favorite stories of campus. Your questions will be answered throughout the tour - so whether you are considering Saint Anselm College or just learning more about the college search process, come ready to explore!

Student Panel  [Session: I, II]

This panel of current high school and college students is ready to discuss their favorite college admissions tips, details of the college search, and what student life is really like. Bring your questions and join our students in a lively discussion of all things college!

Parent/Guardian Panel  [Session: I, II]

So much of the college application process revolves around the student. In this workshop, a panel of parents of current college students discusses the parent/guardian role in the process, shares suggestions for surviving that first semester with an empty bed at home, provides cost-saving tips for the first semester and beyond, and more.

Communicating with Admissions  [Session: I, II]

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.

College Fair  [Session: I, II]

Meet over 80 state, regional, and national college admissions representatives who will provide materials and information about their campuses, academic programs, course offerings, activities and sports. Prepare your questions to make the most of the event! See our updated list of colleges and universities participating in the college fair here.

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