Colleges tend to be more relaxed environments over the summer. Without the typical school-year pressure on students, professors, and administrators, these campus community-members are often more available to answer questions from prospective students and their parents. What questions, however, are best to ask? Find out on the Edmit blog, where former Boston University and Tufts University financial aid officer, Shannon Vasconcelos, advises you to dig deeper than the information that can be easily accessed on a college’s website and ask the questions that get to the heart of whether a particular college will be a good financial fit for your family.
From American to Emory, from Occidental to Yale, I have attended a dizzying number of college tours. Beginning as a sophomore in high school, I traversed the country to learn about a wide range of colleges – public and private, large and small, highly competitive and less selective. While the primary purpose of the college tour is to simultaneously dazzle and enlighten prospective students, parents often wonder how they can make the most of this entertaining (if not exhausting) rite of passage. Below you’ll find my tips for how parents can maximize the campus tour experience.
A lot of families of high schoolers take advantage of spring vacation weeks to visit college campuses. For high school juniors and their parents, this may be the last opportunity they have to visit campuses while school is actually in session before applying to colleges in the fall. So what’s a student to do with the limited time they have to be on campus to help them decide if this college is a place where they’d like to spend four years of their life?