Who should come with you on college visits?

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Our counselors answered:

Who should come with you on college visits?

Rod Bugarin
Former Admissions Officer Columbia, Brown, and Wesleyan University

Who should come with you on college visits?

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Erin Avery
Certified Educational Planner Avery Educational Resources, LLC

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One or both parents may enjoy accompanying the student on his/her college visits, but ensure that they are clear exactly whose college visit it is. In a matter of months, that prospective student will be college student. Living into that change can begin during these vital visits.

Bill Pruden
Head of Upper School, College Counselor Ravenscroft School

The more the merrier--but in the end you will be attending

Each individual has their own perspective on things and the college search process is no exception. Consequently, while having friends and relatives accompany someone on a campus tour can have value, providing different lenses through which to view a school, whatever advice they offer may be far more a reflection of their own experiences, biaises, and desires, however much they may be trying to see what is best for the individual student. Ultimately it is about finding the right fit between the student and the school and any outside informaiotn must be viewd in that context. Too, a large number of competing perspectives can result in confusion and in a process that can seem overwhelming, given the number of factors that are a part of even in the most basic search, that can be a problem.

Nicholas Umphrey

Who should come with you on college visits?

I think a parent or guardian should come. Don't bring an entourage however, just go with one or two people. Leave brothers and sisters at home if they will be demanding of attention. Having friends go with you, I could go either way. The point is that you need to be able to take everything in undistracted and without pressure from others.

Helen Cella

Who should come with you on college visits?

A parent, trusted adult or friend

Tam Warner Minton
Consultant College Adventures

College Visits

You should go to college visits with a parent, relative, teacher, counselor or by yourself. DO NOT go with friends unless you are very mature and can resist laughing and joking and talking! Groups of friends who visit college campuses together can make a very poor impression due to giggling, laughing, shoving, etc.

Helese Sandler
Savannah Educational Consultants

Who should come with you on college visits?

You can go on your own but bringing one or both parents is a great way to see their perspective on the college.

Kimberly Parsons
Counselor Herbert Hoover High School

Who to bring along on a college visit?

I think you should bring along a person you trust and whose opinion you value. Needless to say that a parent/guardian would be a great choice, because normally these are the people who need to help you with making these life changing decisions.

็Ž‹ๆ–‡ๅ› June Scortino
President IVY Counselors Network

Who should come with you on college visits?

most likely your parents are the ones to come with you for college visits. if your school offers counselor's tour, you should take on the opportunity.

Riche Holmes Grant
President Innovative Study Techniques

Who should accompany you on college visits...

For first-generation college students, I suggest that both parents (if present in the household) and siblings accompany you to the first few visits so that the whole family can be introduced to college together. In all other instances, I suggest that the parent who is primarily engaged with the admissions process accompany you. I'm some cases, however, you may have to travel alone for overnight visits. I suggest doing those only after you've had a few other visits with your parent(s). No matter what the circumstances, it is important for YOU to take the lead role in gathering the preliminary information, setting up the visit and preparing a list of questions to ask. The other people in your family should just be your "supporting cast."