This is a time of year when colleges lure alumni and parents back for homecoming and family weekends. In the midst of so
After awhile, you will be able to spot them a mile away.
For many rising high school seniors, the summer between the 11th and 12th grades includes visits to a variety of colleges and universities to learn about options, see what fits, and decide where to apply.
After a while, all college tours seem the same. And these pesky people are always there.
Don't Wait for the College Admissions Sales Pitch. Get in Front of It By Doing the Right Things on a Campus Visit
Parents and guardians have lots of questions and tend to dominate in the asking. But, what admissions really wants to know is what does a student want to know?
Often built in as part of a family vacation, summer campus visits can give students a chance to see a college that's too far away to visit in the fall.
I've seen parents bring lists of questions and I've had students ad-lib things like "can I bring my snake if I come here?" I've even been shown test scores by curious parents trying to see if I think their kid will get in.
Like most of us, I tend to assume however subconsciously that institutions I have passed through remain more or less preserved in time as in my own memory. I was surprised to see how much has changed since I graduated in 1988.
College tours are exciting. It's a completely novel experience, being surrounded by an entirely new environment that could be your future home in the next year or two. You could be reading under that tree, waiting for that same type of omelette, snoring in that classroom (just kidding, I hope).
What other job lets you profess your undying love for your school on a daily basis?
12. When someone asks about the financial aid process. 5. Doing damage control after your idiotic friends tell the entire
4. Get distracted It’s not a crime to look cute, but make sure you’re comfortable (and professional!) so you can fully enjoy
It's easy to get overwhelmed by the many buildings, programs and informational tours. A preplanned checklist of what you want to see is a good idea.
We have visited many colleges that vary from small to large, "reach" to "safe" schools, and everywhere in between. The only thing I have taken away from these visits is the fact that I now know where I don't want to attend school.
Check out what the college has to offer online—do they have virtual tours you can check out? It’s not always the best option
During his junior year of high school, my son and I woke one Friday before dawn to make a flight from our New Jersey home to visit a college in the Midwest. We took a cab from the airport straight to campus, stashed our luggage, hurried to the quad and joined a 9 a.m. tour led by a girl with jet-black hair and worn-out red high tops.
We didn't know what to expect as we headed on our first road trip to tour schools for our daughter in her junior year of High School.