360° Coverage : How To Get The Most Out Of Your College Tour

2 Updates

How To Get The Most Out Of Your College Tour

Apr 17 2014, 3:12pm CDT | by

Unfortunately, too many college campus tours focus on the student union and amenities instead of visits to financial aid, career services and professors’ offices. However, students and parents can...

Filed under: news

 
 
 

22 weeks ago

How To Get The Most Out Of Your College Tour

Apr 17 2014, 3:12pm CDT | by

Unfortunately, too many college campus tours focus on the student union and amenities instead of visits to financial aid, career services and professors’ offices. However, students and parents can plan their own tours or preferably supplement the pre-planned tours offered by the college.

Families should take the following steps when planning college visits, whether the student is a junior who hasn’t applied yet or a senior narrowing down final choices for the May 1 deadline.

Tour colleges virtually first

Check out what the campus looks like online by watching tour videos on www.collegeweeklive.com beforehand. The tours will give your teen insights into what the campus environment looks like without having to visit just yet. If there’s too little grass or the campus doesn’t have enough of an urban environment, the school can be eliminated without the expense of a visit. The website also offers chances to webchat with admission officers and experts in areas such as writing college admissions essay and paying for college.

Call important offices and ask important questions

By the time you pay for plane tickets or gas, hotel and dining, college visits can cost hundreds to over a thousand per visit. Cut back on costs by having your teen call key college offices ahead of time. The key offices are the department offices of the student’s perspective majors and career services.

Over the phone, ask a career services counselor where students are getting employed after graduation and what internship opportunities might be available for a first-year student. Ask a student in the department office what it’s like to study at that school. If there isn’t someone in the office at the time who is studying in that department, ask when you call back when there is. Ask these questions: Are there a lot of projects? How much time is spent on coursework? What is their favorite and least favorite part of the curriculum?

At this point, families have enough information to decide which colleges to visit.

Keep timing in mind

If the student is a high school senior and has financial aid award letters in hand, they should plan to visit all the schools they can afford as soon as possible. The reason why you don’t want to wait until close to the decision date is there may be an opportunity to increase university grants when visiting the financial aid office in person. College visits aren’t just about viewing the campus. It’s a time to gain new information and sometimes negotiate financial aid packages. When possible, juniors should visit campuses at least a month or two before applying.

Make appointments in advance

Making appointments in advance is the main difference between a great college visit and a wasted one. Your son or daughter should meet with a professor who teaches a freshman-level course in the department your student is interested in. Ask what the class is like in terms of size, personal attention and coursework. Always ask for a syllabus to review later. The bonus to meeting with a college professor is the meeting will take place in a building your student will actually take classes in. Since one building on campus could be a mile away from another, it’s important to see the parts of campus where your teen will spend the majority of his or her time.

Other important offices to visit are career services and financial aid. Career services can continue the discussion started on the phone about post-graduation and in-school job opportunities. You want to make sure they’ll help your offspring get a job after graduation while also nurturing their career exploration process during college.

Finally, always meet with financial aid. This is an opportunity to ask out about additional scholarship opportunities. If there is a program on campus that offers peer financial counseling, make an appointment at one of these offices, too. It’s important to ask a current student what college life costs: entertianment, extracurricular activities and transportation.

Take the traditional campus tour, too.

It’s fine to look at the student union, gym and dorms. These are places your teen will need to know about as well, especially since they’ll probably want to sample dorm food. But just remember to supplement this tour with the other appointments. Under no circumstances should you visit a campus and only take the traditional tour.

Follow me @ReynaGobel

 
Update
2

3 weeks ago

Khazanah throws MAS RM6b lifeline

Aug 29 2014 5:01pm CDT | Source: Business Times Singapore

August 30, 2014 1:15 AMKHAZANAH Nasional will inject RM6 billion (SS$2.4 billion) over three years to resuscitate loss-making Malaysia Airlines (MAS) under a recovery plan that includes even an Act of Parliament. Other key moves are migrating its operations, assets and liabilities to a n ...
Source: Business Times Singapore   Full article at: Business Times Singapore
 

 
Update
1

3 weeks ago

MAS posts loss of RM307m for Q2

Aug 28 2014 5:00pm CDT | Source: Business Times Singapore

August 29, 2014 1:13 AMMALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) registered a loss of RM307 million (S$122 million) for the second quarter to end-June, but warned of worse to come in the second half when the "full financial impact of the doubl ...
Source: Business Times Singapore   Full article at: Business Times Singapore
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/30" rel="author">Forbes</a>
Forbes is among the most trusted resources for the world's business and investment leaders, providing them the uncompromising commentary, concise analysis, relevant tools and real-time reporting they need to succeed at work, profit from investing and have fun with the rewards of winning.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Communicable diseases warning issued after floods in Philippines
Manila, Sep 20 (IANS) The Philippines Department of Health (DOH) Saturday warned the public of the transmission of communicable diseases following the floods that inundated Manila and surrounding provinces.
 
 
Pakistan facing over 6,000 MW power shortfall
Islamabad, Sep 20 (IANS) Pakistan is facing an electricity shortfall of over 6,000 MW, with many parts of Punjab province witnessing outages of 20 hours a day.
 
 
'Most British female students face sexual advances on campus'
London, Sep 20 (IANS) Over one-third of British female university students have faced unwanted sexual advances on campus while studying, reveals a new poll.
 
 
More Hubble observation time goes to men: Study
Washington, Sep 20 (IANS) In a disturbing trend, an internal Hubble Space Telescope (HST) study has found that in each of the past 11 observation proposal cycles, applications led by male principal investigators had a higher success rate than those led by women.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Pakistan facing over 6,000 MW power shortfall
Islamabad, Sep 20 (IANS) Pakistan is facing an electricity shortfall of over 6,000 MW, with many parts of Punjab province witnessing outages of 20 hours a day. Un-announced load shedding in small and rural cities of...
Read more on Business Balla
 
New Zealand opposition leader concedes defeat in elections
Wellington, Sep 20 (IANS) David Cunliffe, leader of New Zealand's main opposition Labour Party Saturday, conceded defeat in the general election. Cunliffe said in a televised address to party faithful that he had...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Xi's Asia trip new chapter for China's diplomacy: Minister
Beijing, Sep 20 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visits to India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Tajikistan opened a new chapter for China's neighbourhood diplomacy, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Asian Games: Indian hoopsters thrash Palestine
Incheon, Sep 20 (IANS) Indian men's basketball team registered a facile 89-49 win over Palestine in their opening Group B match of the 17th Asian Games at the Hwaseong Sports Complex Gymnasium here Saturday. In a...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Men spikers win, women lose at Asiad
Incheon, Sep 20 (IANS) The Indian men's volleyball team got off to a brilliant start by notching up a 3-1 win over Hong Kong in their opening Group C game at the Asian Games here Saturday. Playing at the Ansan...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
West Indies top ICC Women's Championship table
Dubai, Sep 20 (IANS) The West Indies moved to the top of the ICC Women's Championship table after beating New Zealand 4-0 in the just-concluded bilateral One-Day International (ODI) series with left-arm spinner Anisa...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Pakistani plane carrying 47 people grounded after bird hit
Islamabad, Sep 20 (IANS) A Lahore-bound Pakistani flight carrying 47 passengers had to be grounded here Saturday when it was hit by a bird shortly after taking off. The incident occurred with Pakistan International...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
BJP leaders discuss Tamil issues with Rajapaksa in Colombo
Colombo, Sep 20 (IANS) A wide range of issues, particularly relating to ethnic Tamils of Sri Lanka, came up for discussion during a meeting of senior BJP leaders Muralidhar Rao and Vijay Jolly with Sri Lankan President...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Pakistan to get 160 IED-resistant vehicles from US
Islamabad, Sep 20 (IANS) The US government will give 160 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, and spare and repair parts worth 198 million dollars to Pakistan, a media report said Saturday. The US State...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Indian track cyclists fail to qualify (Roundup)
Incheon, Sep 20 (IANS) Indian track cyclists - both men's and women's teams - failed to qualify for their sprint finals at the Incheon International Velodrome in the 17th Asian Games here Saturday. In the men's...
Read more on Sport Balla