It has been my honor to support students and families though the college admissions process for over 30 years, first as a high school counselor in Maryland and, since 2014, as an independent college counselor.
One of the keys to successful college admissions is for a student to visit the colleges. I myself visit at least 15-20 colleges per year so that when I put a school on a student’s list, I know that the school and the student would be a good fit. Think of it the same as purchasing a home. You wouldn’t spend that kind of money without walking through and checking to make sure you will be happy there.
Visiting a college before going there, to me, is the same as purchasing a home. A student who, if possible, walks the campus, samples the food, checks out a dorm, and talks to a professor, is more confident in their college choice than a student who decides on a college simply by checking out the website.