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Summer visits-where are you headed, any tips?

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  • GarandmanGarandman 218 replies9 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    My wife and daughter hit the road last summer, visting (W-E) U Oregon and their honors college, U Montana and honors, U Denver, UC Boulder, Colorado College, Syracuse, Cornell, Colgate, Princeton, Lafayette, Williams, and Amherst,

    Of those schools she applied to Williams, Colorado College, UMontana, Oregon and Princeton.
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  • dadof2ddadof2d 210 replies14 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Wow! That was quite a trip.
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  • HappyNJOOSHappyNJOOS 92 replies11 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    From NJ.... S16 toured some schools last August... VTech and JMU. Both were great tours and schools.

    Spring driving tour will be University of South Carolina, University of South Florida and U of Tennessee (with a stop to see our D at her school - University of Florida for Easter).

    Others schools already toured:
    - U Delaware
    - Clemson
    - Towson
    - Rutgers
    - Elon
    - U Maryland
    - Penn State

    In the summer we will hit up schools that align the most based on his SAT scores.
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  • COSpgsparentCOSpgsparent 152 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited February 21
    When we go on trips like this with the kids, I always look for a Whole Foods. There are a lot of lunch and dinner choices there...almost like a buffet...kids can choose from a wide variety of beverages, there's seating for eating, bathrooms, and we never feel sick afterward. Weird tip, but has helped a lot.

    P.S. At big schools, after a big presentation, tours are sometimes randomly divided (this side of the room go with Jack, this side go with Jane). Well, if you are assigned to Jack, but you know Jane is studying something that your child is interested in, be a rebel and go with Jane. :)

    P.S.S. If your child likes to workout and the workout facilities aren't included in a tour (they often are not), GO TO THE WORKOUT FACILITIES and get a tour. This can be a huge part of your child's daily life and is often left out.
    edited February 21
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  • IsoinfoIsoinfo 98 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    In the years my daughters were in the college search mode, whenever we planned a vacation, we always asked: "Is there a school on the vacation route that you would like to see?" and then, if yes, we tried to incorporate it into the vacation. The best one was Colorado College. We were visiting Colorado, and our daughter wanted to look at that school, so we did the morning tour and information session and then drove up Pike's Peak in the afternoon. It's also a nice way to spread out the visits, instead of having to do a week-long college tour that can get tiring. And I agree with @tkoparent parent, that two schools in one day is too much.
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  • ImASoccerPlayerImASoccerPlayer 87 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    We are trying to plan a spring break trip (first week of April 2019) with our high school Junior.

    We are from the Bay Area and are thinking of Boston to visit:

    BU
    UMass Amherst
    UConn (in same day as UMass?)
    UVM

    We will be all 5 of us in Boston and was hoping to stay in a VRBO the entire time to make things easier but that is a super long drive to UVM.

    Are roads ok in April? We do not like to drive in snow.
    We Ali want to do some day trips from Boston to maybe Portland or somewhere in MA. My kids have never been to New England.

    Any advice appreciated!!
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  • JanieWalkerJanieWalker 431 replies14 threadsRegistered User Member
    @ImASoccerPlayer

    Early April can see sunny skies or snowstorms up north (I’m thinking of UVM in particular). I live in northern New England and it is not uncommon to have snow on the roads in April. You will probably be fine for BU, UConn, and UMass Amherst, though.
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  • ImASoccerPlayerImASoccerPlayer 87 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @JanieWalker
    Thanks for that info.

    It would certainly be easier to leave UVM out of this trip - but I really wanted him to see the campus also - so hard to plan these trips!
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  • JanieWalkerJanieWalker 431 replies14 threadsRegistered User Member
    @ImASoccerPlayer I’d plan on visiting if you can. Burlington’s a great place. You might be just fine with the roads - fwiw, they do get plowed quickly up here since we are used to Snowmaggedons.
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  • cmattecmatte 21 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Wow. Lots of great places.
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  • shfloridashflorida 18 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Are the packaged college visit trips worth it like the one offered by NHSSS?
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  • ASKMotherASKMother 213 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @shflorida I haven't heard anything about their trip offers but we chose not to buy into the NHSSS or the Who's Who because we heard they weren't really recognized/respected necessarily by colleges. Saved that money for admissions fees! That being said, I loved getting to take her to visit colleges and watch the wheels turn as she thought about her future. It was a fantastic Mother/Daughter bonding time and well worth taking off work to do on our own. We visited 10 schools in 6 days over spring break of her Jr year, had visited a few state schools prior to that trip and visited 2 other schools on breaks.
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  • BmacNJBmacNJ 87 replies12 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    D16 is sophomore, we have just started the visits. (not sure if its to early). Looked at Drew University, Fairfield, heading to Fordham, Quinnipiac, Villanova, Marist, Sacred Heart, TCNJ and Monmouth in the coming weeks/months. Hoping to get a feel of what she likes/dislikes and narrow down search for re-visits junior year.
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  • EGHopefulEGHopeful 69 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @BmacNJ I don’t think it’s too early! My D21 will start her formal college visits this summer so next summer will focus on an internship/service trip and preparing essays and finalizing her list.
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  • natty1988natty1988 642 replies8 threadsRegistered User Member
    @BmacNJ how did you like Monmouth? We have a friend whose kid is considering it...they're from California...
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  • natty1988natty1988 642 replies8 threadsRegistered User Member
    With D we did two trips up to Northern California to look at schools..We did official tours at University of San Francisco, San Francisco State, UC Santa Cruz. And we toured Santa Clara and San Jose State on our own..the whole trip was about five days. Plus we drove by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and UC Santa Barbara on the way home.
    The next summer we toured St. Mary's College (Moraga, CA), Dominican University (San Rafael, CA/Marin County), UC Davis. We toured University of the Pacific and UC Merced on our own. These trips were quite fun and we were able to intersperse sightseeing and visiting family. We also toured schools in the LA and San Diego areas on weekends on school breaks..this was easy because the schools in this area are mostly less than 2 hours drive from home.
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  • BmacNJBmacNJ 87 replies12 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Monmouth was beautiful. As a lifelong Northern NJ resident I had never seen the campus. We were pleasantly surprised. I put a full description under the CampusVibe section. I will cut and paste it here. Feel free to ask any specific questions:

    Monmouth University was a pleasant surprise. The location is amazing as it is a half mile from the beach and has housing options oceanfront. The campus is well manicured with a nice mix of old world charm and newer modern buildings and facilities. The on campus arena is brand new and houses D1 basketball games, concerts, student gym, indoor track. Many newer academic buildings with state of the art equipment/labs. There are numerous dining options thruout campus. It’s a Dunkin’ Donuts campus, lol. Asked numerous students about social scene as it’s a dry campus. Was assured by all “we are college kids”, plenty of bars, restaurants, clubs in area. Many upperclassman live off campus as there are hundreds of options in area, thus a robust social scene. 85% of first year students live on campus. Sophs live in apt style on campus units. The upper classmen live in school housing in beachfront apartments. Amazing location to say the least. Cars are allowed on campus from freshman year on. Seemed like an abundance of parking. 20+ sports teams all play on campus, 80+ clubs,10% of student body in Greek life. PNC arts center is 15 minutes away. NYC is 1 hour by car, 90 minutes by train ($32 r/t) 57% female to 43% male
    MU is $52,000 per year tuition,fees housing. Merit aid ranges from 8-25k, AP classes with scores of 3 or higher get accepted, seemed easy to transfer credits in from other schools/community colleges. Large selection of summer/winter classes available. Seemed easy to double major or major/minor as there’s a minimal core required. Study abroad available to 10+ countries, including shorter summer option. Internship fairs and job fairs on campus Fall/Spring. Career services very active. Bruce Springsteen archives are housed on campus, strong music program, strong nursing, business school was certified, Bloomberg terminals, real estate school.
    Acceptance rate is 70%, bulk of student body is from NJ, upstate NY, Long Island but 30 states represented.
    Bottom line, Monmouth University has a great location, beautiful campus, 4500 student body, D1 sports, 85% white student body. It deserves a good look from B students with 1000-1200 SATs, is a serious safety school that I’m sure wouldn’t be a disappointment. Only thing we couldn’t figure out is the rigors of academics.
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  • natty1988natty1988 642 replies8 threadsRegistered User Member
    Some tips for tours:
    -Wear comfortable shoes. At some schools, especially the public ones, you can really cover a lot of ground. Some schools can be quite hilly too!
    -Bring water bottles, especially in summer
    -Allow a lot of time for tours. Some tours really vary in length. Our UC Davis tour was quite long, but then again it's a huge campus and there is a lot to see. Our tours at St. Mary's and University of San Francisco weren't as long and the campuses aren't too big...
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