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Tips for getting the most out of college tours

Monday, June 10, 2013

The campus tour may be the best way for a prospective college student to gain insight into the academic, domestic, social, and extracurricular aspects of a college or university. Today, students often look at numerous colleges before starting the application process or making their final college decision. When looking at multiple colleges, getting the most out of the typical college tour can be a challenge as people, places and information all start to blend together. To help students and their families utilize their time on campus effectively, The New York Times recently presented some tips for students and their families embarking on college tours.

According to the news source, if time is short and students must choose between taking a tour or attending an information session, the former is probably going to be more useful. Not only will a tour typically cover many of the facts offered in an information seminar, it will also offer students and their families the chance to see the campus firsthand, as well as meet current students, something that is not always possible in a sit-down discussion.

Before going on a campus tour, students should compile a list of things that they consider most important for a successful college experience. According to student journalists in the Detroit Free Press High School Journalism Program posting on, this should include information on the college's list of majors, the state of the school's dorms, the student-to-faculty ratio and the availability of study-abroad programs. - helping you find colleges and universities that offer the accredited programs that most interest you.

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Pace University
Known for its exceptional academic experience and preparing students for careers, 1,200 students yearly participate in the University internship program, the largest in the NY metro area.

Mount Aloysius College
Our liberal arts core curriculum provides the necessary basis for leadership and the knowledge and skills for success in a wide range of professions.

Roger Williams University
Come for the 40+ majors, 20 varsity athletics teams and 60+ clubs and orgs, stay for the top-rated food and waterfront views.

Lesley University
Offering degrees that prepare students to become leaders in education, human services, the arts and environmental studies.

Niagara University
Niagara University emphasizes ethics, lifelong learning, and service to others to prepares for lives and careers that are both successful and fulfilling.

Polytechnic Institute of NYU
Polytechnic Institute of NYU is New York metropolitan's major educational resource in science and technology education and research.

University of Phoenix
U of P Online, a true innovator in distance education, allows students to earn their degrees and advance their careers - all online.

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