We’re already more than a month into 2020, and spring break is coming soon. That means it’s time to schedule more college visits.
Spring break and the spring months are a great time to visit college campuses. If you blew me off in the fall and didn’t schedule any visits for late 2019, now it’s really time to get going.
Wherever you are in the college process, start planning your campus visits now.
If you have a high school senior, you could be doing accepted senior visits or doing your last bit of data gathering and confirmation before you make your final pick.
If you’ve got a junior, hopefully you’ve already made some visits. But it’s a great time to advance further. You could take advantage of spring break or a four-day weekend to make a longer road trip and visit colleges that are further away from home or out-of-state
If you have a sophomore, I always recommend that parents make some visits with their student as a no-pressure opportunity to see what’s out there. You might visit a local college that interests you, or you could just attend a career day or other campus event to see what visiting colleges is like.
Don’t forget: There are 5 Types of College Visits you can make, and you can also check out my College Visit Questionnaire and Checklist to help you prepare for your visit.
Scheduling Around Spring Break
If you’ve already got plans for spring break, you need to find alternative dates for college visits elsewhere in the spring. You can potentially use teacher conference days or random days off from school to make a visit. Or you can make the ultimate sacrifice of skipping school and skipping work to get something done.
Keep in mind that Good Friday is a very popular college event day. A lot of students have that day off, and it’s not a federal holiday, so many colleges schedule special events for prospective students on that day.
Two of the colleges my son is interested in have something going on for that Friday this year, and we plan to take advantage of the opportunity.
Resources to Help You Plan
To learn more about campus visits and make the most of them, check out my other resources here:
The 5 Types of College Visits
Learn about the five types of college visits, what they mean for you, and how they can help you find the right school, avoid mistakes, and put your student on the path to a bright future.
College Visit Questionnaire and Checklist
Download my college visit checklist and questionnaire, with hundreds of questions you can potentially ask, arranged by category. Use this list to help you figure out the questions that are relevant to you and which ones you’d like to ask.
How an Unexpected Visit Changed My Choice of School
Our resident mom blogger, Katie Bingham-Smith, shares her story of how an unexpected campus visit changed her mind about which college she decided to attend.