Top Reasons to Visit Colleges

  1. You won’t really know how you feel about a place until you’ve been there. A college catalog, view book, or website can only show you so much.
  2. The college information sessions and the campus tours will give you a much better idea of what the college is like and if you would be happy there.
  3. A small investment in time now can save significant time, money, and hassles during the during the college application period.
  4. You’ll get a sense of the college’s vibrancy, character, and facilities. Visits will provide you with a more complete picture.
  5. College tours allow students to ask questions, meet other prospective students and understand the college on a deeper level.
  6. How you feel about schools once you visit in person may affect the direction your college search and application process takes. College visits help you to refine your search.
  7. Applying to college is a complex process and visits to campuses will serve you best if you use them as a research tool, rather than a final decision/making aid.
  8. Time, energy and money are finite resources and you want to use them wisely throughout the application process. First-hand knowledge you intend to apply to will help you to clarify your vision and narrow your list
  9. Most colleges love students who are sincerely interested and visiting colleges is one way to show this.
  10. You want to be able to relax and make a fully informed choice once you have been accepted. If you’ve already visited those schools at least once, that’s just what you will be able to do.

Benefits of Tours

“Before going on college tours we thought we knew what each college’s environment was like but after visiting them in person we learned they are very different from what we thought. There was one college that I really felt I wanted to attend, but once I visited it, I found that it was not the right fit for me.”
Singapore American School Graduate 2009

“College brochures only give you a fraction of needed information. The college information sessions and the campus tours will give you a much better idea of what the college is like and if you would be happy there.”
Tour Participant 2010

“As your child heads toward college, take the time to plan college visits. A small investment in time now can save significant time, money, and hassles during the during the college application period that’s coming sooner than you think.”By Dave Berry on College Confidential

“One of the essentials when deciding on a college is visiting the campus….”EduReview

“A campus visit is your opportunity to get a firsthand view of a college. A college catalog, viewbook, or website can only show you so much. To really get a feel for the school, you need to walk around the quad, sit in on a class, and visit the dorms”.College Board

“You’ve heard the old saying, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’ Well, a campus visit is worth a thousand brochures. Nothing beats walking around a campus to get a feel for it. Some students report that they could tell if they loved or hated a campus by driving through it.”

“If you’re going to invest $60,000 every year to send your child to a university abroad, you might as well invest a couple thousand dollars now to send your kid to TS College Tours before high school graduation, to make the most of your investment in an international university education.”
Parent of Tour Participant 2011