Posts Tagged ‘college visits’
Last Recess we asked our readers to share advice from their own experiences involving campus visits. We were supposed to choose one winner to be featured as a guest blogger on the College Insider, but we just couldn’t choose! These three responses all had such great tidbits of advice for future college-bound students, that we couldn’t just pick one.
That said, here are three great pieces of advice on college visits.
Krystyna R. Waukesha, Wisc.
You should most definitely visit the college before applying there, especially if it is close enough for you to make the trip. Looking at the college website is not enough to gauge if you will enjoy living there for your college years. By going there, you can experience what is around the college – things to do, places to eat, etc. If you don’t like it, then don’t apply and this will save you a lot of time applying to college and also any fees that the colleges require with your application.
You should take the trip as soon as you have a college in mind, and dont just visit one. Visit as many as possible to pick the best one for you. Campus visits are very important and give you the chance to look at the school’s location, sports (if interested), tuition difference of living on or off campus, places to possibly get a job, etc. A campus visit was the crucial thing that made me choose my college!
Brittany K. Liberty, Ind
I would definitely suggest to every student that they visit each campus before they apply. By visiting before you apply, it gives you a much better chance to know whether you even want to go to that school. Some people think that they’re big-college students, and once they go visit a big campus like IU Bloomington or Miami University, they realize that a large campus isn’t for them, and so that gives them the opportunity to look at other colleges that are smaller in size and will focus more on their individual needs. Of course, it varies from person to person. Visiting before you apply to colleges also gives you a heads up for when you do get accepted: you can narrow your field down, and depending on the type of college you’re interested in, you can revisit and really get a feel for the colleges and see which one will fit YOUR needs the best.
Katie S. Louisville, Ky.
One thing that is definitely important is viewing the colleges of your choice. Websites can only go so far in showing the campus and the life and activities that are nestled within it. To get a real feel for it all, you need to at least visit once.
At my college, we are lucky to have a great program that shows potential college students our campus. You can schedule a tour of the campus, and they show you both on foot and on a bus. They also help to pair you with a teacher within the program of your interest to help give you a feel of the curriculum you will encounter.
All colleges have a method of showing their campuses to you, it’s just a matter of you contacting them and seeing what they can offer you. Some might just show you the campus, others might show you your program of interest, however you need to pick what will help you out to really get a feel for the school.
On top of getting a tour, you should see if you know someone who is currently at the school to give you their tour. I can’t tell you how important it is to see a school from the eyes of a current student. They can give you a different outlook of the school but also a more realistic one which might give you quite a bit of info that wasn’t told in that fancy bus tour.
One last thing to do: walk the campus. If this school is a serious contender, you’ll be walking there later on down the road, might as well get use to it now!
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Sure, the new year technically begins January 1st, but everybody knows that the start of the new school year is what really matters. You’re not making your New Year’s resolutions on December 31st; you’re making them the couple of weeks before school starts. After all, it’s been an entire summer since the majority of your classmates have seen you or heard about your ventures.
So why is THIS year your year?
Well, it mostly has to do with the new pair of awesome boots you bought on sale in August that will undoubtedly catapult you into a higher social status, but it’s also the fact that you’ve been hustling on Cappex to keep up with your college goals.
So here is why THIS is your year:
1. You have your college search under control
This is your year because instead of fretting over how you’re possibly going to find your perfect college match, you’ve already taken the time to find which colleges and universities suit you best. That frees you up for putting your anxiety where it should be: on your social life and/or homework.
2. You have some scholarships under your belt
Thinking about staying in on Friday nights to save mullah? Too bad. You’ve already saved money by applying for scholarships that you’ve been matched to. That means you have to go bowling even if you don’t feel like it because you have the extra cash (bring your own socks…trust me).
3. You’ve visited colleges or have plans to do so
This is your year because now when your buddies go, “Hmm, I wonder what college is like?” You can be all like, “It’s like this: [insert explanation]” because you’ve actually visited colleges and discovered which ones appeal to you.
4. You have your college future on track
This is your year because you are keeping up with your college goals. You have done what it takes to research which schools you want to apply to, you’ve worked on your essays over the summer, you’ve asked for a teacher recommendation, and you’ve scored well on the ACT or SAT. You have your college future in your hands, and you’re doing well.
Not feeling that this year is yours yet? Grab the reigns of your college search. The more control you have over your future, the better you will feel in general.
In Friday College Town Hall, we post a question about college, and you leave an answer in comment field.
The average distance students go away for college is about 94 miles. How far or close to home do you think is the right distance?
Have a thought or an answer? Leave a reply below.
We’ve also asked our @Cappex Twitter followers to chime in! Here’s what people are saying on Twitter:
@AshleySchmidtke You can never go to far. Go to the school that is the right fit and it will not matter the distance. Home away from home!
@AndreaDior Not far enough RT @cappex: Is 94 miles from home too close or too far? Reply to this tweet, and we’ll post your response on the blog!
@SarahFaithJ9 @cappex I think its just about right. It gives you freedom, but yet you’re still kind of close to home if you need anything:)
@_iShotdaSheriff @cappex thats pretty good mileage if you ask me! Not too close, but close enough to make it home for emergencies
@Andreais40nfab @cappex too close. For college? U need to be a minimum of 200 miles away
@steph_eff318 @cappex well college for me isn’t that far from home. It takes about an hour and a half by car and even less than that by train
@jotamjota @cappex I don’t think distance matters. Its what YOU make of college and how involved, how active, and how engaged you become on campus.
It’s June already, which means the school year’s over already, or you’ve got just a couple more days or weeks left. Juniors, in a few months you will officially be seniors and knee deep in the college application process.
Right now you’re in the eye of the storm–so things look nice and dandy with blue skies and beach weather–but, the whirlwind of college essays, 20-page applications, teacher recommendations, ACT and SAT scores will hit you full on come September.
To keep you on track and help ease the unrelenting storm that is the college application season that brews in the fall, we’ve put together a simple to-do list for you:
–Finish your school year off strong
–Register for the October SAT if haven’t taken it or want to try again
–Choose which colleges you want to visit during the summer
–Use the easy Campus Visit Planner to help organize trips
–Request information and application materials from colleges
–Schedule an interview for when you plan to visit campus
–Review applications so you know what you’ll need
–Visit college campuses, take tours and interviews
–Narrow down list of colleges you will apply to
–Start rough drafts for college essays
–Register for September ACT if haven’t take it or want to try again
–Contact friends, or friends of friends, at the colleges you’re interested in to ask questions
–Create a organization system to keep track of the colleges you’re applying to and the materials that correspond
–Keep working on college essays
–Have in mind a couple teachers you would like to ask for recommendations
If you keep up with these things, you won’t be as stressed when you head back to high school as a senior.
Do you have any steps we should add to the list? Comment and let us know!
There’s no better way to get to know a college than seeing the campus in person. It can give you insight into what student life is like, how classes are run, and where you might fit in.
And now, planning your college road trip is tremendously easy (and free) with the Cappex Campus Visit Planner™.
Instead of getting lost on the Web visiting multiple college websites and then spending time stringing all the pieces together, the Visit Planner lets you take care of all your college visits plans in one place.
Simplify the process with our college trip planning tool:
- Choose the campuses to visit and find the best route.
- See recommendations of other campuses nearby.
- Let colleges know you’re interested in visiting their campus.
- Get turn-by-turn driving directions.
You can see what the Campus Visit Planner is all about, or even start planning your college road trip, by visiting www.Cappex.com/campusvisits.
And check out the Visit Planner video!
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