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Boarding School Visits?

Squid3940Squid3940 0 replies1 threads New Member
edited August 2017 in Prep School Admissions
Hi all,

This is my first time posting here, and I got into the boarding school application process quite late. Sorry for the really stupid question, but is it required for me to do a tour of the school? I'm not sure whether or not this will fit into my schedule. Also, would it be possible for me to have an off-campus interview, but have a visit after the application process itself?
I'm applying to some of the GLADCHEMMS schools, by the way.
Thank you.
edited August 2017
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  • applejuice007applejuice007 151 replies17 threads Junior Member
    From my experience, the tours are around 30 minutes long. I found them helpful because you got to get the atmosphere of each school and interact with the students. For some of the schools, I think that you could visit independently, but others do stop offering tours at a certain point in time. I enjoyed the one-on-one tours that were offered by several schools. During the group tours, it was difficult to ask questions and they felt less personal. It's not required to do a tour by any means. I found them helpful at Choate and Deerfield... less so at Exeter and Andover, but it was cool to see the campus.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 39767 replies7241 threads Super Moderator
    would it be possible for me to have an off-campus interview
    Depends upon the school.

    Generally tours and interviews are linked. i.e. one does the tour and then one has an interview. But it's school specific.
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  • queenmotherqueenmother 192 replies3 threads Junior Member
    A lot of the schools will let you interview via skype.
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  • CaliMexCaliMex 1831 replies34 threads Senior Member
    If you live within a 2-3 hour drive, schools could interpret your NOT visiting as a sign of lack of interest. But if you live overseas or across the country, they will understand that long-distance travel is harder to schedule and more expensive.
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  • maribrazilmaribrazil 25 replies0 threads Junior Member
    I wasn't able to visit any schools because I am international. From the 7 schools I applied to, 5 (PA, PEA, Milton, Hotchkiss, Choate) didn'tt require any materials to be submitted prior to the Skype interview. The other 2 schools ( Cate and Groton) reviewed my application before granting the Skype interview. Usually, the school's website will tell what their procedure is.
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  • lestoufferlestouffer 56 replies9 threads Junior Member
    We live in Atlanta, which is quite far from most,if not all, of those schools. Despite the fact we were not applying to schools through the better chance program, we were still able to use their road show to interview. And go to their presentation. For the rest of the schools, either Skype or they sent individual representatives down. She did a lot of interviewing in hotel lobbies. We saw none of the schools.
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  • maxsanden27maxsanden27 3 replies1 threads New Member
    Hello Everyone.

    I also have some questions to add to this thread. Would you recommend that I tour/interview later in the admissions process so that I am fresher in the minds of the admissions staff? And for an interview I know that you're not really supposed to prepare answers but would you recommend bringing in a few pre-written questions?
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  • AtriaAtria 816 replies16 threads Member
    Hi @maxsanden27 (welcome to CC by the way)
    If you have additional questions you should, ideally, start a new thread. Adding different/new questions to an existing thread can be considered as 'hijacking' the OP's thread and deviating the discussion.

    Looking at your questions, before you go about creating a new thread, I think you should browse through the CC archives. Many similar questions have been asked over the years. Then if you still have questions, feel free to start a new thread ;) .
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  • maxsanden27maxsanden27 3 replies1 threads New Member
    Thanks for the help @Atria !
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