Schools that pay for you to visit

<p>My teacher mentioned that lots of seniors end up taking time off in April to visit schools, including schools that pay for your plane ticket to visit them.</p>

<p>Anyone know of any schools that do this?</p>

<p>Well, I know for sure MIT does this. I am willing to say with fair certainty that Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Caltech do this as well. I'm sure there are many others.</p>

<p>usc does it</p>

<p>I think I've seen stuff about that on CC for colleges that aggressively recruit minorities, can't give any more specifics though, sorry. And a quick search comes up empty.</p>

<p>My friend's S is being reimbursed for his visit--1/2 by Chicago Institute of Technology and 1/2 by USC (he's interviewing at both schools for merit $).</p>

<p>It was not the case last year that all admittees to Harvard and Princeton, of the schools mentioned, were offered paid flights to visit. They had admittee recruiting events, but students were on their own to pay (this may be different for particular categories of students). USC had programs at the campus for admittees, but the airfare was not covered, and there was a $50 charge to participate in the events (which had to be paid by credit cards or cash!).</p>

<p>not all admittees, just some</p>

<p>williams does.</p>

<p>Wells is paying me $.30 for every mile I drive to/from the campus.</p>

<p>Claremont McKenna does it... And so does Swarthmore, for Discovery Weekend (I'm not sure about other times).</p>

<p>The latter of the two is for minorities/international students, but Claremont McKenna is paying for one of my east coast friends to fly out there (and she's not a minority).</p>

<p>Claremont is flying me out for free in 2 weeks.</p>


<p>What a concept!</p>

<p>(I'm white too...if you couldn't tell...minority recruiting bothers me)</p>

<p>Stanford gave my son a travel grant for Admit Weekend.</p>

<p>Two years ago, Denison paid for my oldest son to fly out and take a look. I asked if they would reimburse, and they initially said no. They called back and said they would be glad to. :-)</p>

<p>Does the offer to pay for the travel come while you are in the process of choosing schools to apply to or after you have already applied? I'm not familiar with this, but I'm thinking that maybe I shouldn't run around like crazy on my own dime for my son. There are some schools that would be a bit of a trip that he is interested in and maybe we should wait to hear from them. I would love to know more about how this works.</p>

<p>its mostly after they've at least looked at your app, know of u. a lot of times its after acceptance and these are scholarship weekends. i havent had the pleasure of being flown out but i do know some pretty crazy smart ppl at my hs who have, both like 35-36 act 4.0+ gpa, so in my experience its usually the best of the best, but im not necessarily omniscient, so...</p>

<p>Scripps College. Someone I know went 100% expenses paid there semi-recently. They were accepted already.</p>

<p>Reed. </p>

<p>my friend (minority) got a plane ticket, free room and board for a couple of days. she said her host came in dressed in drag. :P</p>

<p>I got a travel grant to MSU for a scholarship competition (traveling from AK). Typically it wouldn't cover all costs, but it did for me cuz my mom works for airlines.</p>

<p>My S was not offered any trips to see any schools. He refused to let us fly him to any of the schools he was accepted at & chose a school where he is very happy. Most schools have limited budgets and only offer to fly students they REALLY want (among the top of those they accepted or add something the school is really looking for--geographic or ethnic diversity or something), but you can always ask AFTER they've accepted your kid.<br>
S didn't see the point of visiting schools when he hadn't been accepted and didn't know if he'd get merit money. Once he was accepted, he was comfortable making a decision without a visit & said he'd rather save the money to help defray expenses. If a merit award was contingent on an interview, I could see the point of going for an interview. He was fortunate that the dean of engineering at the school he was interested in interviewed him at his HS.</p>

<p>So how do you go about receiving a grant to visit a school? Do you contact the school? Do they contact you?</p>

<p>I think most people are contacted by the school. With so many applicants I imagine it would be extremely difficult to get a school to pay for you to visit them unless you're one of their top applicants.</p>