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Visiting Penn on a Saturday in September, no scheduled tours

bakermom64bakermom64 Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
I am pretty new to CC, but have a question that I can't seem to find an answer anywhere on CC or google for that matter. Has anyone ever posted a request to a current student to give a tour on a Saturday? I was hoping I could convince a student to give my son and I a tour in exchange for a great meal (of their choice). Am I crazy to think someone would jump at that? I have a neighbor who has visited small LAC's and asked students who were out and about if they would show them around, and many were happy to oblige. I just feel intimidated doing so, especially at Penn.
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Replies to: Visiting Penn on a Saturday in September, no scheduled tours

  • siliconvalleymomsiliconvalleymom Registered User Posts: 4,461 Senior Member
    edited July 2015
    Is there anyone from your son's high school who has matriculated to Penn in the past few years? You might check with his college counselor if you are not sure.
  • bakermom64bakermom64 Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    A girl was just accepted this year, but that's it.
  • jonrijonri Registered User Posts: 7,260 Senior Member
    Why not post this in the UPenn forum? It's more likely you'd get someone who says yes there, IMO.
  • TiggyB62TiggyB62 Registered User Posts: 1,358 Senior Member
    Or you could call the admissions office and ask them if one of their tour guides would be willing to give you a tour on a Saturday. Just a thought. It can't hurt.
  • bakermom64bakermom64 Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    Called admissions twice, asked that question and got silence........and then a no. I will post on UPenn forum, thanks.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 73,807 Senior Member
    My DD did this for other CC parents at her university. Perhaps someone here knows a current student.
  • CharlieschCharliesch Registered User Posts: 2,093 Senior Member
    You may be better off posting on a Penn student facebook page, if they are not set up to be private. For example there may be a U. Penn Class of 2016 facebook page.
  • Youdon'tsayYoudon'tsay Registered User Posts: 19,445 Senior Member
    Ds2 got a tour of Pomona from the ds of a mom I met on cc.

    One thing I would advise is that, because you can't get an official tour, that somehow you convey to the admissions office that you visited so it will go toward demonstrated interest.
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 20,226 Senior Member
    You know, it is fine to just walk around too. An untrained guide is hit or miss, might know where the pool is, might not. We went to a lot of schools without going on the tour and it was fine. You might also contact the department he's interested in and ask if any prof would be willing to meet with him on Sat morning. Some are happy to meet with students.
  • GnocchiBGnocchiB Registered User Posts: 2,069 Senior Member
    @bakermom64, we went to Penn last fall on a Saturday without a tour. We walked all around and stopped several students and asked lots of questions. It was not ideal, but gave us a flavor for the campus. Good luck.
  • bakermom64bakermom64 Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    Thanks to everyone for your input. I have contacted the office twice now (without any luck), my son has written the admissions office and he received a self tour map. That's where the trail stopped. We have self toured before, and we'll do it again if need be. Just thought it would be nice if a current student showed us around and talked a bit about their perception/journey.
  • KarencatKarencat Registered User Posts: 104 Junior Member
    We did scheduled U Penn tour in the summer and it was mobbed so it may not be bad to go on your own.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 73,807 Senior Member
    @twoinanddone my kid was a student ambassador and tour guide. She gave more than a few "private" tours to CC parents and families. This was back when I frequented her college section on this forum. And she was able to custom the tour for the kids. She was repaid with some nice dinners out...and this also gave everyone the chance to informally chat.

    I would urge the OP to post on the Penn section...and ask the same question. For all we know, the mom or dad of a Penn tour guide posts in that forum.
  • HannaHanna Registered User Posts: 14,801 Senior Member
    There are a couple of companies where students offer tours for a (reasonable) fee. Chapters exist on many campuses and probably at Penn. This might be a good resource for you.
  • siliconvalleymomsiliconvalleymom Registered User Posts: 4,461 Senior Member
    My friend contacted the Hillel at each college to find students willing to meet for coffee for her high schooler interested in Jewish life. Does your son have an affinity group that might work in the same way?
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