I'm the first in my family to go through this process, and my parents aren't too sure about the necessity of college visits. Hopefully some outside parental advice would help in my decision.
I'm thinking about going to the East Coast to visit HYPM and Penn. However, the downsides to this is 1) this would be during the summer when class is out and 2) it would cost a few thousand dollars. I will be applying to these schools anyway, so the visit would really only help me get a feel for the environment and possibly help me in my essay writings. Undoubtedly I will research these schools prior to writing, but the question becomes, should I spend the money to visit them?
It's my understanding that college visits prior to admissions are usually to help get some questions answered and possibly narrow down your list. But with the internet and such, it seems like I can get almost everything I need to have answered from the comfort of my room. Is that intangible factor of environment/appearance/the reality of the visit that crucial to writing successful essays? I don't know if that $2-3k is worth it just to boost a 300 word essay (I'm probably applying Yale SCEA, which has a Why Yale short answer)
I think it would be more prudent to visit the colleges I do get accepted to in April, and help narrow down my decision then. What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance.