Parenting Tips: 5 Things to do on the Summer College Tour
Parenting work and life schedules make it so that summer is the optimal time to ‘shop’ for a college. Truth be told, the best time to visit colleges is when the semester is in and students and professors are bouncing across campus. But, most mamas and daddies have scheduled time off of work during the summer for vacations, family reunions and weddings. So, if there’s a teen in the house headed to or already in high school why not check out any nearby colleges in your travels?
Here are a few tips on what to look for while you’re perusing through college campuses this summer.
Call ahead and ask for the campus tour schedule. Colleges have tours at certain times and on certain days. Who wants to travel to a college just to see the admissions office?
Many professors take a true vacation or perhaps work from home during the summer. But it’s worth a try to email any professors your teen may be interested in speaking with to see if they are available to talk briefly about your teen’s program/degree of interest.
Stop by the financial aid office. Remember to ask where you can also find information about college summer programs, grants and scholarships!
Perhaps you and the family can have lunch at one of the dorms open during the summer. Here’s your chance to see what kind of food your teen will get when they leave the nest.
Remember to take plenty of pictures! Use them later so you and your teen can remember what you loved or hated about a college. This way you will know for sure which colleges you will really want to visit when you return during the fall or spring.
We hope you enjoy time with the family on your college tour. College visits are a great reminder of how time flies.
Have a great and safe family fun weekend!