These colleges are so beautiful, students don't want to leave for summer break.
Have you ever seen a university brochure with photos taken during a New England winter storm featuring homesick students wearing inappropriate attire eating cereal for dinner? Of course not. Will you see this scenario played out during your campus visits? Absolutely.
In my work with students I discuss what to do on a campus visit, what to look for, what to ask, what to wear. But often, it is the parents who need the advice!
As you visit different colleges, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the many buildings, programs and informational tours. Preparing a preplanned checklist of what you want to see and do while on campus is advantageous.
Many families only have time to visit college campuses in the summer. Here is my list of the top eleven things to do and see on a college visit.
What to do and ask on a college visit.
Many colleges have maintained or have even increased financial aid for the coming academic year in order to meet the needs of the increasing number of families unable to pay the full cost. Some schools continue to devote resources to financial aid so they can draw and retain desired students. Obviously pressure on endowments and college budgets means that the additional funds for financial aid had to come from somewhere.
I don’t think there are many of you out there that would buy an expensive pair of jeans or a new car without trying it out. You can read about it, look at pictures, but you really don’t know how it fits you. The same would be true of one of your biggest investments – your college education. College brochures are attractive, websites offer details relating to statistics, but what you really need to do is to see it, to know if you can ultimately see yourself there.
I cannot recommend visiting your choice colleges strongly enough. This is probably the most important step in making an informed decision.
Decision letters have arrived and—surprise! You’ve been accepted to your top-choice schools. Now that you’re deciding where to go, one of your best sources of uncensored information is the overnight campus visit. The work isn’t over just because applications are in. Here’s a rundown of questions to ask to get the most out of that campus visit.
Dear Juniors, The best way to begin the college search is to actually step foot on a college campus. This can be any campus, not necessarily your dream school. April school vacation week is a great chance for you to
School sponsored campus tours will give you a healthy dose of “our school has quirky traditions” stories and a view of the most beautiful 10 percent of campus. But what do you really need to know about college life?
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