Wednesday’s Parent: Must-know tricks and tips for successful college visits

Campus this way. Pjhoto by Wendy David-Gaines

Campus this way. Pjhoto by Wendy David-Gaines

Successful college visits don’t just happen, they are planned. That’s why this Wednesday’s Parent revisits the topic of visiting those institutions of higher learning to decide if they belong on the college-bound’s short list.

I gathered together six of my writings about college visits so families may know before they go:

Parent role in college visits

Visiting a college is a great way to evaluate a “good on paper” school but students and parents have different roles.

Taking a collegecation

If you enjoy mixing business with pleasure then you are going to love visiting colleges. It’s the best way to check student-college fit and get a vacation. I call the trip a collegecation (family vacay + college visit).

Top 10 questions to ask on college visits: Part 1

Parents and the college bound are ready to visit colleges but aren’t sure what to ask when they get there. Attending a college information session and tour are part of good college prep, but these school introductions are designed to market the campus and show off its perks…There are 10 top questions to ask and they reflect parent and student chief concerns for academic/nonacademic best fit. Here, in Part 1 of this article are the top five questions parents should ask on college visits.

Top 10 questions to ask on college visits: Part 2

While a college application is all about the student showing what he can do for the school, college visits should be about finding out what the college can do for the student. As parents and students set foot on campus, a million thoughts are churning in their heads but what are the most important questions to ask?…here are the top 5 for students:

Top 10 nonacademic reasons why parents and students visit colleges: Part 1

Counselors and colleges urge prospective students to schedule college visits as part of college prep to help them form a college list. Although both students and parents want to find the best educational fit, there are key nonacademic factors that can drop a college off the list…Here, in Part 1 of this article are the top five reasons for parents to visit…

Top 10 nonacademic reasons why parents and students visit colleges: Part 2

“Go visit colleges,” say counselors urging college bound students to get busy with their college prep. “It will help you decide if the school is a good fit.” Counselors are not just talking academics. They know there are nonacademic factors that can drop a college off a student’s college list faster than than their thumbs can text…here is Part 2 for students.

Read Suzanne’s post: College Visits and the Illogical.

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