College Visits Without Leaving Home – You Can Do it

There's a lot you can learn without leaving home

The high school seniors I’ve just finished working with are facing uncertain fall semesters. Will the colleges they worked so hard to get into hold in-person classes this September? Will they agree to attend if classes are all remote? Should they take a gap year?

And the students I’m just starting to work with have their own version of this problem: how to visit colleges and choose the ones they want when the institutions are closed for the foreseeable future?

The New York Times has come to the rescue: From a recent article:

“With college campuses closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, free virtual tours have grown in popularity. High school juniors hoping to begin college in the fall of 2021 are not able to visit campuses in person, but they and their families have many ways to explore their options while staying safe at home.

“Here is a guide to some of the tour sites that aim to help students feel as if they are walking around campuses. They can visit as many colleges as they like, without the cost of a road trip or the aching feet. READ THE REST

My own two favorite sources for information are College Niche and the series The Best 385 Colleges which comes out every August and adds another number or two to previous year’s title. To read about how to use these resources, here’s a recent post of mine.

If you’re still searching for suggestions of colleges that might suit you, shoot me an email and we can have a session or two. And if you’re interested in learning about the application essays you’ll have to write, I’ve got information, enthusiasm, and more than a decade of experience helping students get into their top choice colleges. Please feel free to phone (East Coast): 1-855-99-ESSAY