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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Best Tools for Visiting Colleges

Tools for Visiting Colleges

Fall means college visit season for many students. High school seniors should be finalizing their target list now to meet regular decision application deadlines and juniors should be checking out different types of colleges to discover their likes and dislikes. Here are some tools you can use in your "College Visit Toolbox":
  • Mapping out your trip can be made easier with a AAA Triptik. Just use the drop-down menu and click on
    college/university under "location type" for turn-by-turn  directions. Triptiks are available online for free. Hedberg Map's Professor Pathfinder series or Wintergreen Orchard's spiral bound College Atlas and Planner offer printed maps for those who prefer to use a highlighter to map out their own route.
  • Using mobile apps like Quad2Quad or College Visits (also
    Apps for College Planning
    available for Android) will help in the planning stages of college visits and then can be used to enrich the on-campus experience during the visit.
  • If you're undecided about whether to visit a particular college, try a virtual tour first. Sites like YOUniversity and GoSeeCampus offer an overview right from the comfort of your sofa. Check out a virtual tour before visiting a college to help you get "the lay of the land" before stepping foot on campus.
  • For people looking to let someone else do their college visit planning, full service companies such as Off2CollegeTours and CollegeCampusTrips will custom design an itinerary based on individual needs.
Map of Colleges
It's important to visit colleges before making the decision of where to apply. Seeing the lay-out of the campus in person, visiting the buildings and talking to students, staff and faculty are the best ways for students to determine if a particular college is a right-fit.