Visit Campus Before You Accept
Feb03

Visit Campus Before You Accept

You should never enroll in a college sight unseen. Consider these points.

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Top 5 Questions About Joining a Sorority
Jun02

Top 5 Questions About Joining a Sorority

Whether you’re a third-generation legacy, or just wondering if joining a sorority would enhance your undergraduate experience, here are the Top 5 Questions to Ask About Sororities When Visiting Campus.

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A Visit with Bach
Sep23

A Visit with Bach

— Planning to visit Rollins College, the University of Central Florida or Stetson University this fall? Why not plan your campus visit and take in a little Bach when you visit?

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Reasons to Visit Campus
Jul18

Reasons to Visit Campus

  Why should I read the book when I can watch the movie?  We've all heard that question before and we all know the answer: because the experience is not the same and the movie version does not tell the whole story.  The same answer applies to "Why should I visit campus when I can watch YouTube videos or take a virtual tour?" The 3-6 minute movie version is not going to tell the same story as the one you experience first-hand when you tour a college campus.  Here are a few more reasons to visit campus in person: To discover what you like. To discover what you don't like. To meet your admissions counselor. To talk with students attending the college. To meet and talk with faculty. To check out the space: dorm rooms, classrooms, labs, athletic, music and theatre facilities. To get questions answered or to connect with someone who can answer your questions.  And, of course, to see the campus through your own eyes not through the eyes of the person who made the movie.  Make a movie about your campus visit experience if you want (this could be a great way to capture how you felt and what you liked while visiting), but don't let your research into which college to attend be limited to a movie someone else made. See for yourself. Visit...

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The College Visit Clock is Ticking for Seniors
Apr19

The College Visit Clock is Ticking for Seniors

  High school spring breaks and the Easter holiday typically overlap in the U.S.  This year Easter falls just one week away from the May 1 National Candidate Reply Date. Colleges across the country have been busy hosting or will host senior visit days on campus for students offered admission.   For seniors, now is the time to decide which school adds up as the best fit for all of the factors that enter into the equation: cost, major, location, enrollment size.  A poll on the home page of EDULaunchPad indicates Cost is the primary factor in choosing a college, with major and location coming in 2nd and 3rd. What do you think? What are the key factors that will influence where you choose to go to school in Fall 2011? What final questions will you ask on your college visit? Use the comment tool below and let us know. Related articles: Candidates Reply Date: May 1 Countdown Begins How to Improve Your Chances of Admission when Wait-Listed Wait-Listed? Don't Take it Personally Top 5 Steps to get off the Wait List Top 5 Questions to Ask about Financial Aid: Parent-to-Parent Keeping Track of College Visits...

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No Day but Today: Get Involved in Extracurricular Activities
Jan24

No Day but Today: Get Involved in Extracurricular Activities

“What else is there to do here?” This is often a question on the minds of college-bound students when they visit a college campus. Our advice — Don’t hesitate to ask about extracurricular activities. Ask questions during the information session and also ask the students you meet on campus if they’re involved in any student clubs or organizations. For Adam Britten, a senior at Syracuse University, and recent co-host of SmartCollegeVisit’s CampusChat, being involved in extracurricular activities has been an asset to his college career in more ways than one. He shares his advice on getting involved in the guest post below. No Day but Today… Adam Britten With so many opportunities for involvement, many college students have no clue where to start.  The benefits of extracurricular activities are very apparent: you can make lots of new friends, expand your learning outside of the classroom and advance your career potential and hirability.  (Well, Ultimate Frisbee might not get you a job…but you never know!)  The most important thing to know is that you should be getting involved with SOMETHING while you are in college. The best time to get involved is at the beginning of each semester. Very freqeuntly, schools will have “student involvement fairs” where you can get information about different clubs. Even if there isn’t an official event, most clubs actively look for new members and hold interest meetings at the beginning of the year or semester. As for myself, I got involved from day one of college. It wasn’t a stretch for me, as I was involved in a few activities in high school.  The first clubs I joined paralleled my high school clubs. I joined student government and I signed my name up on a list of people interested in student theatre. (Even if you are remotely intersted in an activity, sign up for their emails – you’ll get all the information you need and be able to ask any qusetions you have.) Start Early I am so thankful that I started my involvement early. Throughout school, I have grown very close to some people that I met within the first few months of school while I was participating in these activities.  As the years went on, I joined a few new clubs (and realized that some of the ones I joined weren’t my style.)  I’m still involved in that same theatre group, and all because I gave them my email address. I couldn’t imagine being at school without the friends I have made in First Year Players. This goes along with the saying “birds of a feather flock together.” If you join a club that...

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