Campus Visits

Admissions Angsters

My post today is aimed more at parents of high school juniors and sophomores. For the most part, parents of seniors are over the hump. Admissions decisions are out now. However, for Moms and Dads of this year’s senior class, there may still be some anxieties operating. Waitlists, enrollment decisions, visits, and financial aid negotiations ...

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College Visits for High School Juniors

As the first day of spring arrives, anxious high school seniors hold their breath and await the verdicts from the colleges to which they have applied. Sometimes the arrival of the mail (either the “snail” or “e” version) can be a traumatic experience. I recall when my son received his tiny envelope from his Early ...

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Will Missing Campus Visit Penalize Vassar Applicant from CA?

Question: My son lives in California and was going to attend the last open house at Vassar College in November. For various reasons, we were not able to fly out that weekend and missed it. He has seen their college rep at his school as well as attended an information session in San Francisco. We ...

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Summertime College Visits: Good Idea?

Many rising high school seniors and their families attempt to combine summer vacation traveling with college visits. From a logistical point of view, this makes sense. Parents’ free time is limited, especially in those households where both parents work. Planning a summer vacation excursion that includes routes through possible candidate colleges can be a fun ...

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Using Summer for Application Prep

Today is the first day of Summer 2011. Although most of you high school rising seniors have been out of school for a while now, enjoying “summer” a bit early, you’re no doubt thinking about what lies ahead a year from now, when your college plans will most likely be complete. I recall the summer ...

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Admissions Process Not All That Hard

At least that’s what the College Board says. You parents and high school seniors may disagree, though. What’s the deal here? One has to look no further than the College Confidential discussion forum to see the myriad complexities college applicants (and their parents) can face during the college admissions process. However, in a recent press ...

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Admissions Retrospectives

Okay.  May 1 is history. Most of you high school seniors have made your enrollment decisions and, where necessary, sent in your enrollment deposits. So, your college admissions process is pretty much, if not completely, completed. You’re now an experienced college applicant who perhaps has had some ups and downs along the way. Sometimes it’s ...

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Spring Break College Visits

We have discussed college visits before. Spring break for you high schoolers can be quite useful to trod the sod of candidate colleges, assuming, of course, that Mom and/or Dad can also get a spring break from their work that coincides with your time away from class. Although you may groan when thoughts of long ...

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Optimizing Campus Visits

My wife and I didn’t visit all that many colleges with our two children when they were in the midst of their college process. I managed to help them narrow their lists by a series of prequalification steps that eliminated the marginal candidates. These days (perhaps “daze” would be a better way of putting it), ...

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Campus Visit Tips When Tours Won’t Fit

Question: We are taking a trip through the mid-west to visit several schools of interest to my son. While we’ve successfully scheduled tours at his top choices, we will be driving right by secondary choices which don’t have tours at useful times.Can you suggest what to do on such a visit? You don’t say whether ...

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