College Visits and Virtual Tours
Summer time is here and many families plan vacations or short trips where they can visit colleges that their teenager(s) may be considering. In addition, there are various websites that will offer “virtual tours” of college campuses.
If you are planning on physically visiting a college, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Schedule a visit to the college with the admissions office well in advance so it will fit into your travel plans. This will allow you to schedule a visit when you can and will also allow you to spend time with an admissions adviser or professor.
- Before you go, create a wish list of the things you are looking for in a specific college. Then, match this wish list with all of the colleges you are interested in and by doing so, you can narrow your visits down to your top five.
- When you visit a college, keep an open mind. It may be difficult, but try not to form any opinions and wait until the visit is completed to discuss whether that college is the right fit for you.
- Once you have a list and visit the colleges, evaluate and narrow down your options.
You can also visit some websites that offer a “virtual tour.” Here is a list of some of those sites:
- MyMajors.com–This site can help you if you aren’t quite sure in what major you want to study. It utilizes a special quiz that helps you pick a major based on your interests.
- CollegeBoard.org–This site includes some great tools that will allow you to create an initial list of colleges that meet your needs based on geographic location, academic offerings, athletic programs, and more.
- CollegeWeekLive.com–This is a free virtual college fair that will connect you with hundreds of colleges from around the world.
- StudentAid.gov–This is an official United States federal government site that will give you and your family information on scholarships, grants, and loans.
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