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.