Should You Go on a College Campus Tour Experience?

Should You Go on a College Campus Tour Experience?

Last week, on my birthday, I embarked on a campus tour adventure with my son, a high school junior. The excitement was palpable as we delved into this pivotal step of his college planning journey. Not only was it a special bonding opportunity, but it also provided invaluable insights into what lies ahead for my son's academic and personal growth. As we stepped onto the campus grounds, memories flooded back from my own days as a college tour guide. The scripted narratives and the eager...

The Cost of Finding the Right School

The Cost of Finding the Right School

WhooHoo! Your teen has decided to go to college, and you’re excited!  You’ve made plans to take a half-day off on Friday, and you and your teen will spend two nights in the college town.  There’s an informal get-together Friday evening where you can meet other potential students and parents.  Saturday morning is a campus tour followed by a home football game in the afternoon.  Sunday morning is a brunch when they’ll help you complete the college application.  The weekend...

The Best Questions to Ask on College Tours

The Best Questions to Ask on College Tours

Over the past few weeks, I’ve discussed creating a list of colleges to visit and when to go. (If you missed these posts, click here.) The next step is to determine what information you want to learn while you're there. What questions are you going to ask to evaluate the schools effectively? Questions that will truly tell you and your teen about the college experience. First, create a running list of questions you have. Post a piece of paper where you and your teen can both contribute to the...

Finding and Planning Your College Visits

Finding and Planning Your College Visits

The time has come for you and your teen to start taking a look at colleges. You may have a list of ten or more campuses to visit. How do you find information on tours and put together a plan? I have the answers! Before you get started, keep in mind that college visits can be very expensive. You can easily spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars just on one campus visit. You don’t want to skimp but with proper planning, you can make the most of your visits without breaking the bank. Costs to...

Evaluating Which Colleges to Visit

Evaluating Which Colleges to Visit

Campus visits are vital in determining which colleges your teen wants to attend. You wouldn’t buy a house without checking it out first. Why would you apply to a college, sight unseen?  First, let’s talk about when your teen should visit college campuses. We often assume that campus tours should happen during the spring semester of junior year, and yes, most families do schedule tours during Spring Break. Campus tours should begin during your student’s first or second year of high school....

Don’t Let College Planning Fall Apart

Don’t Let College Planning Fall Apart

At this point in the school year, the high school hustle and bustle is in full swing. As parents, we make sure our teens get to school, take them to band or sports practices, and ensure they get their homework done. Amid our busy schedules, we need to make sure we're staying on top of college planning. Here are a few tasks, by grade level, for you what your teen should be focused on now: Seniors  Decide where you want to apply and find out their application deadlines Obtain letters of...