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Anyone like to plan other peoples college trips? :)

Clementine7624Clementine7624 143 replies24 threads Junior Member
I want to take my junior daughter and her friend to look at a few colleges over their spring break the first week of March. So far - they have expressed interest in visiting Syracuse and Univ of Vermont. We would start at family's in NJ over the weekend which is right near TCNJ so might look there on Monday. Anyone want to help me figure out a trip path and potential schools to visit? Open to planes, trains and automobiles. The girls have been to Boston and to NYC so probably not looking there. We are early in the process. Some things they know - not terribly interested in small (though havent seen one), potentially interested in nursing or education, havent taken ACT/SAT yet but would guess around 27 with GPAs in the 3.8-4 range, would like to be in a big town or near or in city. So no Ivies or highly competitive schools. Probably only have capacity to visit 3-4 schools. Am overwhelmed. Thanks!
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  • taverngirltaverngirl 1088 replies30 threads Senior Member
    One option (based on nursing):

    TCNJ to
    SUNY Binghamton to
    Syracuse to
    Utica to
    UVM

    If you wanted to skip Syracuse, you could go north from NJ to CT, which has quite a few good nursing schools.

    TCNJ to
    Fairfield to
    Sacred Heart to
    Quinnipiac to
    UConn to
    UMass Amherst to
    UVM

    Note that Fairfield & Sacred Heart are Catholic schools.

    We drove to all our college tours, and it was such fun. Lots of quality time with both my kids. Plus, if they have their permits or licenses they can help drive.
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  • mikemacmikemac 10366 replies151 threads Senior Member
    edited November 20
    potentially interested in nursing or education
    For nursing there is a big advantage in getting in a direct-admit program, in which frosh are put into the major. Pass your classes and the NCLEX, you are a nurse. Many colleges instead have kids take 2 years of prep classes and then apply for the major. The accept rate may not be high, leaving the kids in a quandry if they don't get in. For example Long Beach State had 830 applicants and accepted 80 in Fall 2019

    My advice is for your D to volunteer in a local health care setting during this school year and next summer to get an idea if nursing is right for her. And if so then she should apply as a nursing major to direct-admit schools (much more info on the nursing sub-forum here). In college if she changes her mind it would be easy to switch majors into something compatible with a teaching degree.
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  • Clementine7624Clementine7624 143 replies24 threads Junior Member
    Thank you @taverngirl - not interested in Catholic schools and they actually already visited UMass Amhearst but will definitely consider:

    TCNJ to
    Quinnipiac to
    UConn to
    UVM

    Any other thoughts?


    @mikemac I wish I thought she could get to the point of being sure enough to apply to a direct admit program but given where she is - I just dont see it. Some days she isnt even sure she wants to go to college ...
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  • taverngirltaverngirl 1088 replies30 threads Senior Member
    @Clementine7624 the only others I can think of would be in RI, which wouldn't be very convenient if you're heading to UVM after UConn.
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  • gummybear202gummybear202 27 replies6 threads Junior Member
    Penn state and Uconn have nursing programs.
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  • Clementine7624Clementine7624 143 replies24 threads Junior Member
    What schools are in Philly? Drexel?
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  • NJWrestlingmomNJWrestlingmom 1315 replies2 threads Senior Member
    Just outside Philly - Villanova, St Joe's (but you said no to Catholic), Temple.
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