Planning a College Road Trip?

Now that we're into fall, seniors may be feeling the pressure to narrow down their college lists--especially considering that early application deadlines are just days away. While Early Decision is known to have advantages such as higher admit rates, nobody wants to be bound to a school that is in fact not a good fit!

For those of you planning last minute trips, U.S. News has put together some great resources for you here. To get started, just pick the state that you're heading, and take a look at their own notes on each school before you head out and get a feel for the schools yourself. Ultimately, visiting the school is really the only way to be sure that a school feels right!

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Make the Most of Your College Visits

Make sure to ask lots of questions during your college visit

When deciding on where to apply, there’s nothing more telling than your intuition or gut feeling when arriving on campus. Here are some tips from Brennan Barnard, the director of college counseling at The Derryfield School in Manchester, N.H., that will help you get an accurate sense of whether or not a college will be a good fit.

Have questions prepared

Be sure to ask questions that will give you the information you need to make a decision about the school. Think about what opportunities are important to you, and make sure to consider not only academics, but also the social life.

Interview

Whether or not an interviews is optional, it should be considered mandatory. It’s a great opportunity for an admissions counselor to get a sense of who you are off paper.

Network

Talk with as many people as you can. Stop by during a professor’s office hours, meet coaches, or schedule a time to talk to a faculty member who is in your field of interest. When you’re walking around, make sure to talk to students and get their opinions on college life.

Pretend You’re Lost

According to Joe Greenberg, regional director of admissions at George Washington University, the best way to get a feel for a college is to stand at the center of campus with a map looking totally lost. The way students react can give you a very good sense of the type of community that resides there.

For more tips, see the full article here.

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College Admissions Campus Visits Around the Corner

Have you started planning your college visits?

For those of you who are juniors and are beginning to think about your college lists and which schools to visit, be sure to prepare ahead to make the most of your visits. In addition to researching the school, and your own interests, it’s important to make a list of questions to ask. Check out this article for helpful ideas.

While information sessions can give you lots of useful information, they are usually not tailored to your particular priorities. As college admissions expert Cristiana Quinn puts it, “Most families will sit obediently in information sessions soaking up what is said, but few will raise their hands and ask the tough questions.” To that end, you can note down what is important to you, so that you can pay special attention to how each college addresses those issues.

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