College Visits: Find Out If Class Size Matters
Feb28

College Visits: Find Out If Class Size Matters

  How large are the classes? Class size matters. “What’s the average class size?” is one of the most common questions a parent or student will ask when visiting a college campus. If you  attend a  small school, then it’s a good guess that the classes will be small. Likewise, a larger school typically means larger classes, but don’t be surprised if your guide’s answer to your question goes something like this: “The larger classes tend to be freshman or sophomore-year general science or survey classes, but the class size gets smaller as you narrow the focus of your major.” Now that you know the standard answer to the question about class size, make arrangements to visit both a lower- and upper-level class while on your campus tour, preferably in one of the majors you’re considering. It’s best to contact the school at least two weeks in advance to schedule classroom visits. Don’t expect to show up on campus and be able to walk into any class. Be sure to visit both large and small schools so you can get an idea of which is best for you. If you find that you prefer small classes, but a larger school offers the program you really want to study, then just keep in mind that if you take a seat in the front row of a class taught in an auditorium, all of your focus will be on the professor, not how many people are sitting behind you. While class size can definitely make a difference, it does not need to be an absolute disqualifier for a university that you want to attend above all others. An occasional large class can be managed if everything else about the school is a good fit for you. Related Reading Dos and Don’ts on a College Visit Top 10 Questions for the Undecided Major Honors Programs: Get an Ivy-League Education at a Public School...

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Top 10 of 2010 on Smart College Visit
Dec30

Top 10 of 2010 on Smart College Visit

From college visits to college movies, the most-read stories on Smart College Visit in  2010 cover the life-cycle of the college bound: visit, apply, move-in, and morph into a thriving college student.  Student-to-Student: Questions to ask on a College Visit Top 10 Tips for Dressing Smart for your College Admissions Interview What NOT to Bring to College 5 Move-in Mistakes That Rob You of Space Where'd They Go To School: Fortune 500 CEOs Recession-safe Majors “Should I Drop This Class?” Dos and Don'ts on a College Visit 17 Smart Ways to Live Cheaper on Campus Top Five College Movies to Watch and Learn From Is one these Top 10 a favorite of yours? If so, let us know by commenting below. If there's a topic you'd like us to cover, just comment or tweet me (@collegevisit). Who knows? Maybe your topic will be in the Top 11 of 2011!  Top Three Content Categories Smart See, Smart Do – Our on-going series to showcase the places on campus, or things to do, that should not be missed when visiting a college's campus. Colleges and universities interested in being featured should read more on our For Colleges page and then contact us to get started.  College Visits – Provides planning, preparation, and tips for making the most of your time on campus. Parent-to-Parent – Stories from parents about their experiences touring colleges with their teens and other tips for getting through the college admissions process. To share your story, click here....

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Goodbye, Summer – Hello, Fall College Tours
Aug31

Goodbye, Summer – Hello, Fall College Tours

As we wave goodbye to Summer, we turn to embrace the coming explosion of Fall colors, the excitement of college football, and the insight that college tour travel will bring.  Whether you're a high school junior with a lengthy list of colleges to visit, or a senior intent on narrowing the list down to just those schools where you will apply, it's worthwhile to plan ahead so you arrive on campus ready to ask the right questions of the right people.  Here's our Smart Digest of previously published posts to help you prepare for your college visit.  How Do You Narrow Your List of Colleges to Tour? Visiting Campus? Don't forget the Bookstore! Top 10 Tips – College Tour 101 Women Entrepreneurs on College Visits – 10 Questions to Ask Dos and Don'ts on a College Visit Student-to-Student: Questions to ask on a College Visit Top 5 Questions to Ask about Financial Aid:...

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Travel Planning Resources for Your College Visit
Apr07

Travel Planning Resources for Your College Visit

Planning to visit a college campus? Unsure where to begin? Use SmartCollegeVisit.com to search for colleges and book your trip. Our goal is to make campus visit planning effortless and to provide the tools you and your family need to make smart college choices. Search for colleges by name, location, major or other key words, then select the school you want to know more about from the list on the results page. Book your travel using the Smart Visit travel tool on each college profile. It's that simple! Smart College Visit Travel Tips & Tools Find the Perfect Hotel Smart Fuel Calculator Smart College Evaluation Form College Visit Planning Articles Top 10 Tips for Dressing Smart for your College Admissions Interview Dos and Don'ts on a College Visit Keeping Track of College Visits The Visitor Parking Pass Travel Related Links FAA: Flight Delay Information The Weather Channel Weather Underground State Transportation Web Sites Free in 50...

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Travel Planning Resources

SmartCollegeVisit Travel Tips & Tools Find the Perfect Hotel Smart Fuel Calculator Smart College Evaluation Form College Visit Planning Articles Top 10 Tips for Dressing Smart for your College Admissions Interview Dos and Don’ts on a College Visit Keeping Track of College Visits December on College Campuses The Visitor Parking Pass Travel Related Links FAA: Flight Delay Information State Transportation Web Sites The Weather...

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Dos and Don’ts on a College Visit
Dec22

Dos and Don’ts on a College Visit

The following list of travel tips was compiled from comments made by various admissions directors and staff from colleges and universities across the U.S. DO check the weather conditions at your destination before leaving home. Allow extra time or consider changing plans if severe weather is forecast. DON’T blame the admissions staff if the weather created travel delays or affected your mood. Try to make the best of things. DO plan ahead. Check the school’s web site for dates of tours and information sessions and to find out if reservations are required and when these events are available. Some schools do not offer tours during semester breaks and some admissions offices will close during holiday breaks. DON’T expect a visit to campus when classes are not in session to provide the same options or experience as visiting during the regular semester schedule for any particular school. DO allow enough time to get a parking pass, park your vehicle and walk to the admissions office. Depending on the size of the campus, location of parking lots, and traffic, you may need to allow as much as 30-40 minutes extra to get where you need to be. DON’T underestimate the amount of time it takes to reach your destination even after you’ve arrived on campus. Driving on college campuses comes with its own unique set of challenges that range from waiting at cross walks while large groups of students make their way to and from classes, to unusual traffic patterns, unfamiliar signage and possibly remote locations of parking areas. DO remember that the logistics of getting to the college have nothing to do with what you will experience once you arrive and begin to explore life on that campus. DON’T forget to ask questions and make notes about each school you visit. Take a notebook with you or use our college visit evaluation form to keep track of where you’ve been and what you thought of each school you visited. It’s free–print as many as you need. Have any “Dos” and “Don’ts” you’d like to share? Comments are...

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