Visiting colleges

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Visiting colleges
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Mon, 03-21-2011 - 1:24pm

Later this week, I am taking my daughter to visit a college she is interested in. I am wondering what if anything she should do to prepare for this. Does she need to bring a copy of her transcript, or save that for an interview at a later time? What questions might she be asked? How should she dress? I didn't go to college until my 30's, so this is all new to me.

Thanks in advance!

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Registered: 07-24-1997
Sun, 04-03-2011 - 8:26pm

Heck no.

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Registered: 01-04-2008
Sat, 04-02-2011 - 2:20pm

LOL..That's what I figured.

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Fri, 04-01-2011 - 8:53pm
Nope, never heard of a kid going without parents. We get the tours of all the buildings, hear about financial aid and scholarships, living and meal plans, etc...

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Fri, 04-01-2011 - 9:14am

When we went on our one tour (ds was determined to go there, and is) there were no kids there without parents because it was clear from the start that it was aimed at everyone, including those who'd be dealing with the financial aid or paying the bills, wanting to make the parents feel their kids were safe, get everyone a tour of the buildings, talk about things to do around town, etc. They wanted to inform the parents of what it'd be like for their kids to be there, what their part would be, and so on.

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Registered: 01-04-2008
Thu, 03-31-2011 - 11:44pm

My DD is a Junior, and we will be visiting colleges this summer as well. She wants to go with friends instead of her father and me. (she finds me embarrassing because I "ask too many questions") Do many kids go without their parents?

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Fri, 03-25-2011 - 10:01pm
My dd is a junior in high school and we have done several visits, and 2 more this week, and you just d\go. If you are set up for a priateinterview with an admittance couselor, then you don't need anything.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 07-24-1997
Wed, 03-23-2011 - 2:21pm

Google "college visits."

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Mon, 03-21-2011 - 1:54pm

Unless she has a private appointment with an admissions counsellor or department head she doesn't need a copy of her transcripts. All the college visits wer've gone on entail large groups of potential students and parents listening to presentations by different staff (admissions/financial aid/residential/etc). Often followed by Q&A with current students. Then you break into smaller groups for a tour of the campus led by a student volunteer. Sometimes lunch and/or refreshments are provided.

Pam
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Registered: 07-30-1997
Mon, 03-21-2011 - 1:52pm
Assuming you're going on a guided tour/recruitment visit - For us, they didn't ask ds anything; they were there for our questions. They're trying to sell the place to you. Dress doesn't matter much; at the one we went to, there were a couple people from staff (this is a private Jesuit U) but most of the time for that visit they had students from the U answering questions (from both kids and parents) and they were in jeans and tshirts and such. We first went to a slide show, then got a thorough campus tour in smaller breakout sessions by one of the students, and they were up for any questions at that time as well if you wanted to ask in a more private setting. DS loved the tour and it convinced him to go there.

Sue