When is the Best Time to Visit Colleges?

I am often asked, “When is the best time to visit colleges and universities?” 

The answer is: When it works for your budget and your student’s schedule. Since school is out, many people find summer to be the best time to approach this important undertaking. In terms of your budget, have you considered the plans you may already have in place and how college visits could become a part of them? 

Taking a Vacation: Planning a road trip? Visiting grandparents in another state? Think about which schools you will encounter on the way and spend some time exploring! Make the most of your time by noting any on-campus art, science, or music events; museums; galleries; and festivals. (Enter here some summer happenings) 

Staying Local: You do not need to travel far to explore a new campus! There are likely colleges/universities in your area that can be visited in a day! Scope out some local schools and make a day of it. There are constant happenings at the University of Denver, Colorado State University, the University of Colorado, Colorado College, and other surrounding schools in Colorado. Why not chart a course to visit a few so your student can get a taste of life on different-sized campuses? (Enter some summer events at these schools) 

Staying home: Can’t get out of the house this summer? No stress! Many schools offer virtual tours and countless online resources. Just because you may not be able to visit physically does not mean you cannot research! We recommend YouVisit for virtual campus tours and information sessions. Other ways to engage virtually with colleges are by taking online summer courses or watching lectures by professors. (Enter links to You visit, College Scoops) 

PRO TIP: Safeguard against becoming overwhelmed by college visits by planning your trips (virtual or in-person) with a specific purpose and a flexible mindset.

Creating The Command Center

One of the questions I get asked all of the time is:  What can my family be doing now to prepare my student for college and beyond? 

My answer:  Strive to raise students who are independent, responsible, and citizens. How?  Create family systems that are rooted in values and hold children accountable for carrying their share of the chores and responsibilities. 

We refer to The Command Center as the place in the home where we keep schedules, chore charts, and manage weekly finances. This can be a bulletin board, a bedroom wall or a refrigerator. What’s important is that it is located in the home where parents can manage and make changes, and children can own and take responsibility. It’s also important to note that it is designed with the realization that this area and the materials in it are subject to change as children grow and needs shift.

Some examples include:

  • Post family values, or special quotes that sets the tone for the space

  • Create a family calendar where everyone’s schedule is laid out for the week

  • Message board with markers, chalk for reminders

  • Chore expectations in chart, lists, on clipboards

  • Weekly allowance system, envelopes, money clips, mason jars

  • Post family values, or special quote that sets tone for space

  • Sticky notes for last minute thoughts

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What Steps To Take If You Get Deferred

Many people believe that being deferred marks the end of the road on their journey with a particular school, however, that is not always the case. There are several steps that you can take once you receive that deferral, and it is important to remain positive throughout the process. Here are four things you can do if you receive a deferral letter from a college or university: 

  1. Decide if that college is still your top choice. Does the deferment change how you feel about the school? Find someone whose opinion you trust & value so that you can talk it out. Weigh out the pros and cons and remain practical in your thought process. 
  2. Follow the instructions in your deferral notice. The college may need more information from you to help them make their decision. This could be updated grades/test scores, more recommendation letters, or an update on your extracurricular activities. Provide the requested materials in a timely manner. 
  3. Compose a deferral letter. Some colleges want to know that you are still committed to attending their school. This is a great opportunity for you to express why the school is a great fit for you as well as confirm your continued desire to attend. Remain upbeat and hopeful in your delivery, no matter how disheartened the situation may make you feel. 
  4. Focus on your backup plan. Once you’ve done everything you can do it is important not to lose sight of all the other amazing opportunities that await you! Continue to apply and look forward to the decisions of other colleges!

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How “Initiative” Can Make a Difference?

Colleges want to see students exhibit initiative. Admissions officers seek “stories” that prove that students can  “take the reigns” and step into new opportunities. We work with students to create and document their experiences with the belief that the resume maps a “life well lived.”

What is Initiative?

Students who take the initiative are unwilling to accept the status quo but are willing to challenge it, do things to improve, and generate outcomes. They are proactive in finding solutions and putting them into action.

Why does Initiative Matter?

Students who take the initiative are unwilling to accept the status quo but are willing to challenge it, do things to improve, and generate outcomes. They are proactive in finding solutions and putting them into action.

To learn more about “what colleges are looking for,” check our blog on
Drive and Intellectual Curiosity or join us for a webinar on Monday, January 31, 2022 at 12:30-1:15 MST.

Why is drive important for college admissions?

The Common Application requires students to share the “story” of their high school years by including transcript, test scores, activities list, resume, personal statement, and supplemental essays.  

College admissions officers are also looking for character traits that “bring the student to life beyond the numbers.”   The student’s responsibility is to prove these traits throughout the college application. 

One of the top traits students are looking for is DRIVE.

To learn more about Drive and Motivation check out Daniel Pink’s Book and Podcast on parenting for Grit and Drive! 

What is Drive?

  • Driven students push themselves to succeed no matter the odds.
  • Driven students usually have confronted difficult situations and emerged stronger, wiser, and determined.
  • They are confident in their ability to solve new challenges.

Why is Drive Important? 

  • Colleges know that the transition after high school can be challenging—college students face tougher classes, more activities, and new social pressures.
  • Driven students are likely to overcome these challenges to graduate, do well in classes, and succeed after graduating.


January 31 at 12:30-1:15  pm MST

Join Laura Barr in her Lunch and Learn as she explores the topic of “What exactly are colleges looking for and how can parents help.” This topic is relevant for parents of all ages.   

When is it?

January 31 at 12:30. 

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