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Summer visits-where are you headed, any tips?

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  • Tyler333Tyler333 Registered User Posts: 17 Junior Member
    Summer is a great time to visit colleges. I am from California, so I tend to have a strong tunnel vision for California schools unless they appear to be better academically. Being in California allows me to easily travel to UC, Cal States, and Private schools in California. A good campus travel would be driving from Southern California to Northern California. This is a perfect way to hit the majority fo campuses through the state of California.
  • worelyclanworelyclan Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
    Completely agree with @TheGreyKing ... we became a lot more efficient once we gained the confidence to start skipping info sessions. Sure, questions would come up later that were likely answered on the tour or at the info session, but it wasn't that big of a deal to go back and find somebody and ask the question. Nobody ever puts you in the penalty box for asking a question that was answered earlier and something that you skipped. As was pointed out, SO much of the information is obvious and already known. When you regain that hour or whatever it is, it makes a difference over the course of a trip.

    We had zero problems doing two schools in one day where geography permitted. We tried three once and that was pushing it. If one had been a quick "no" then that would have helped but all three were contenders.
  • drewsmom17drewsmom17 Registered User Posts: 287 Junior Member
    Checking in from Rochester NY. We have now been away from home for 3 weeks, including stays with his sister, a week at the beach, then a few days with grandparents. The driving and living out of suitcases has gotten old and we are ready to be home! That said, we are pacing ourselves to give each visit a fair chance.
    Updates-
    OH State-cancelled tour. He feels that he has seen enough big state schools. He has been to MI State, UNL, NC State in the past year.

    Thurs, U Del- not great visit, no mention of CS in info session, assigned group guide had no connection to anything S19 was interested in. Probably off the list. Also hated the cost of parking, $10 for all day in the garage on campus. $6 for 3 hrs but we didn't know how long it would take.

    Friday, Lehigh-surprise hit! It drizzled, was humid as heck, couldn't hear the guide unless close, but he loved it. The info session had the best speaker so far. He didn't mind the steps or lack of ac in some dorms. He loved that it was set in a mountain, the canopy of trees, and style of buildings. He commented about the ivy climbing and liked the look. Also liked the types of programs available. He did not expect to like such a small school but it's a definite contender at this point. His HS has 2300 students.

    Sat-RPI- went down on his list after visit. Surprise to us both since it was one of his top choices. Did not like the complete science focus, seemed very serious, he felt uncomfortable. Knows it has excellent opportunities and loves hockey but didn't feel it. Great info speaker and guide, beautiful, cool day so conditions were perfect for a good experience. Funny he did not like the "open, big sidewalks"

    Drove through Syracuse, he liked the looks of it. SiL's nephew goes there if he decides to look into it.

    We both hit the traveling wall today. I got cranky after the visit until I found coffee. He ran out of steam tonight so we're lounging and will see a movie tomorrow. Maybe Niagara Falls if we feel adventurous.
    Monday-RIT
    Tuesday-Case Western then home.

    Biggest surprise- all the tolls!!!!
    Best part- we both love researching and talking about colleges. Also share lots of music tastes.
    Worst part- no chauffeur!

    U of MN later in month during visit to grandma.

    I'd love to hear other trip reports if you care to share.
  • TS0104TS0104 Registered User Posts: 741 Member
    I agree, @emptynesteryet; it would be very helpful if @sailor7d would edit that post (if possible) to put the tour years on. I think some of the information could be helpful, but some regarding facilities is simply outdated. Heck I've personally seen the huge changes in the OSU campus over living near it for 20 years. Lots of shabbier apartment areas cleaned up, new modern dorms, surrounding area revitalizing as well. Culture, reputation, strengths and weaknesses can change over time as well.
  • MAsecondtimerMAsecondtimer Registered User Posts: 150 Junior Member
    We have done many tours with S14 and D18. At some schools you could pick your student tour guide...often they are introduced after the info session and mention their major, and where they are from. Some schools "assigned" you to a guide...often based on where you were sitting. My kids learned early on to try to tour with somebody that they could relate to...for whatever reason. This was based on their major, region of the country they were from...or could have been something else that they saw as in "I can maybe see myself being friends with that kid". Whatever worked for them was good for us. When we were assigned to a group we occasionally switched if that made sense. We learned that a tour guide can make or break a tour....we remember the great ones and we still mention a few "terrible" ones.
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 20,991 Senior Member
    Funny he did not like the "open, big sidewalks"

    Okay has to go on the stupidest reasons a kid won't look at a school thread. I get it, it's the little things, but this is right up there with 'the doors are too big.'

    https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/parents-forum/705291-stupidest-reason-child-wont-look-at-a-college.html
  • drewsmom17drewsmom17 Registered User Posts: 287 Junior Member
    @twoinanddone I know! There were several reasons but that was the one that surprised me. We laughed and I told him about that thread. Thanks for posting it!
  • drewsmom17drewsmom17 Registered User Posts: 287 Junior Member
    edited July 2018
    He also wont even think about Duke because of sports rivalries. No, he doesnt play on a team, just can't stand them.

    I wish that thread would stay open, it was pretty funny.
  • RedslpRedslp Registered User Posts: 156 Junior Member
    We're headed to Cal-Poly tomorrow for our first college tour. Is it acceptable for my son to wear shorts?
  • drewsmom17drewsmom17 Registered User Posts: 287 Junior Member
    @Redslp yes, definitely!
  • RedslpRedslp Registered User Posts: 156 Junior Member
  • PepperJoPepperJo Registered User Posts: 226 Junior Member
    Yes. It will be warm, and tours are pretty casual.
  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff Registered User Posts: 2,701 Senior Member
    When doing tours wear what you like and be comfortable. Even if your child is meeting a professor etc dress casually. If you have a set interview then you need to dress up a bit. But for basic tours just be comfortable so t-shirt, shorts, jeans etc. Have water and snacks especially if a hot day and enjoy.
  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 Registered User Posts: 5,129 Senior Member
    I agree with dressing casually but we saw some folks taking that a bit too far during our visits, including at a school where admissions interviews were part of the visit. If my daughter knew she was meeting professors or interviewing, she wore business casual attire but comfy shoes.
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