In the last 16 months or so we’ve been involved with I think 18 college visits. Last week alone we hit the Boston area and did nine visits.
Here are a few observations from college visits in general, more specifically the ones last week. Most of the visits start with a 45-90 minute presentation followed by a 60-120 minute tour of the campus.
And in no particular order …
- Every school has a quidditch team now, and touts it.
- At the one school that didn’t mention the quidditch team, some parent asked about it. I guess that’s a factor for some people
- Nearly every school wants you to know that they are one of very few schools that allow undergrads to perform research.
- You can go gluten-free for four years on campus if you wish. One school was even pine-nut free.
- Each school does an amazing job of pairing roommates.
- Your education is completely personalized, no “cookie-cutter” educations.
- Professors are always available for you, will answer your email at 2am. You can eat dinner at their homes with their families, and even babysit for them.
- Everything is green, some LEED certified.
- solar-powered garbage cans are common
- Everyone gets 2-3 different advisors before they even set foot on campus.
- Don’t see a club you like? You can start one. Anything.
But the most amazing thing to me is this. The schools have a very brief window to sell themselves to prospective students and families. And most seem to spend 1/4 – 1/3 of the time explaining how much time you will spend not there. Co-ops, internships, and study-abroad are huge now. Some of the schools have as much as half of the junior class doing it any given year. In some cases the schools spent a 1/3 of the presentation telling you all of the fun places you can visit.
Colleges and Cruise Ships