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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Best Times for College Tours

Think spring!  Although time is more plentiful in the summer for a high school student to plan college visits, it may not be the best time for college tours.  The summer is not a good representation of what your campus life will look like during the actual school year. 
Below are a few reasons why:

1. Students aren't around during the summertime.
The  overwhelming majority of students will not be around during the summer. Just like you, they are on break. So you'll see some summer students, athletes, and students with jobs on campus, but those students do not represent the entire school population. Keep this in mind when doing a college tour over the summer.

2. The weather is too nice during the summertime.
Summer is most likely the only time you WON'T be at college. Therefore, except for a week or two in the Fall and Spring you will not experience summer weather. This is important to keep in mind because the grass may be greener, sun brighter, and flowers more plentiful - and that could falsely impact your view of the campus.

3. The food may be different during the summertime.

One underrated factor in selecting a college is the food. How are the cafeterias? You'll be eating the food for anywhere from one to four years, so it's important to like it. If you don't, you'll end up spending more money on less healthy food. So on any college tour, you should make sure you try out the cafeteria. But in the summer, hours and facilities are different than normal. Small schools may not even have a cafeteria open, just cafes. Look up the cafeteria schedule before you go and make sure it's similar to what it will be during the school year.

People, weather, and food are three important factors in deciding on a college. And they are all different in the summer.   So think Springtime if you can!!

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