Smart College Visit Turns Six


Six years ago, on November 9, 2009, we launched as a resource for college-bound teens and their parents to search for colleges and easily plan and book travel to visit colleges.

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The vision we had back then remains true today — we believe that choosing where to attend college is an important decision; that the campus visit plays an important role in that process; and the better access students have to quality information about choosing, visiting, and applying to college, the better equipped they will be to make good choices about where to further their education.

scv cover hotelsnear 600 is the first college search site to provide a geo-centric hotel search tool to make it easy to find hotels near campus. Pictured: Blacksburg Va., headquarters to SCV, and home of Virginia Tech.

I’d like to thank all of the people who have been part of SCV over the years:

  • Alex Edelman, developer since our launch
  • Gail Billingsley, SCV’s first COO (2012 – 2013)
  • Amy Widner, editor and lead writer
  • Suzanne Shaffer, #CampusChat coordinator and manager of @collegevisit on Twitter
  • Don Hanson, college profile data manager and writer

Our contributors:

  • Nancy Berk, Monica Matthews, Lisa Warren, Kathie Dickinson, Beth Parker, Wendy David Gaines, and Chad Dorman and numerous other guest bloggers
  • All of our expert guests who have shared an hour of their time and insights on #CampusChat
  • Our amazing interns: Chelsea Merget, Valorie Grove, Hallie Holton, Charlotte Tuohy, and Jenna Wines

Our advisors and advisory board members:

  • James Jarrett and Karen Torgersen (2010-2013)
  • Jim Flowers (2010 – present)
  • Jason Falls (June 2015 – present)

Our clients:

Virginia Tech, University of New Haven, Bridgewater College, Concord University, St. Lawrence University, College-Connections, Inc., MLA Technology Group, UIU Link, NRV IP Law, Montgomery County Tourism, and rGolf, Inc.


Highlights over the past 6 years include:

MAY 5, 2015 – SCV Hosts 1st #CampusChat tweety_campuschat

August 2011 – SCV announces the Smart Visit Widget

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The most-read blog posts on Smart College Visit:

Student-to-Student: Questions to ask on a College Visit

Student-to-Student: Questions to ask on a College Visit

Most read post on Smart College Visit with more than 39,000 views.


Top 10 Tips for Dressing Smart for your College Admissions Interview

Top 10 Tips for Dressing Smart for your College Admissions Interview

2nd most-read post with 17,000 views

What to put in your 500-Word College Application Essay

What to put in your 500-Word College Application Essay

“What to put in your 500-Word College Application Essay” has been viewed nearly 12,000 times.

SCV Mobile – Smartphone Apps for Colleges

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Awards & Recognition

  • 2010: SCV wins VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurial Summit award for Best Business Concept
  • 2011: Listed in the top 50 Education Advice Blogs by
  • 2012: Finalist in the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) GAP 50 Award Finalists
  • 2013: SCV wins Outstanding Technology Company award by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
  • 2015: Included in “6 Startups to Watch Out of Virginia Tech’s Incubator” by DCInno



Z. Kelly Queijo

Author: Z. Kelly Queijo

Kelly is founder of Smart College Visit and Smart College Consulting. When she's not creating content for the blog or clients, tweeting, or hosting #CampusChat, she's planning her next mobile move.

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