Spring Break College Visits
Plan to use your spring break to Visit colleges. Their spring breaks are often different than your spring break. Take advantage of seeing a College campus when students are on campus. Here is how you prepare for your spring college visits.
Preparing for the visit
- Create a College Visit Itinerary. Using the map in GuidedPath, look at college locations. Who can you go visit during the time you have? Don’t worry if you can’t go see all of the colleges. Pick a few in one area to visit.
- Register for college visits online. Once you have a list of colleges to visit, register for a campus tour online. Most campuses have an online registration process for scheduling college visits. Resist the urge to plan “drive through” visits. An official campus tour takes more time, but gives you a better feel for the college/campus. Don’t try to plan too many in a day. 1-2 per day should be your goal.
- Review your priorities for a good college fit. As discussed in my blog fit includes 3 components; academic, social, and financial.
- Learn the details. Look up the school’s size, majors offered and other details of interest to you. Use GuidedPath to review college data. It will help make your visit more meaningful if you have the basics down.
- Create a List of Questions. Write down the top 10 Questions you need answered in your college visit. Focus on learning what you would study and who would you study with.
Use GuidedPath to follow links to colleges to schedule visits. Take a virtual tour of a college by viewing YOUniversityTV videos from the “Tours” tab. Review the details on the colleges by clicking on the “Info” and “FISKE” tabs.
Watch for upcoming email: How to make the most of your college visits.
Senior Year Scholarship Search
Now is the time to look for scholarships!
College scholarships come from three sources:
- Colleges you applied to
- Scholarships from your community
- National or larger regional organizations
At your College
Most scholarships come from the school you have applied to. See the GuidedPath Edge scholarship tab – it will list any academic scholarship that is offered to 8 or more students.
Increase your chances for scholarships by starting your scholarship search locally. Many local scholarships are looking for applicants! Check
- with counseling office
- school parent organization (PTA, Booster clubs, etc.)
- with local library
- sign up for online bulletin with scholarships through your school
Use your residence as a means to get more money for college. Many states offer scholarships to top students. Check to see what is offered through your state. Check deadlines for any state scholarships you qualify for.
There are dozens of national scholarship search engines available. Many are nothing more than a way to market credit cards or other products to you. Here are our recommended scholarship search sources.
- College Express
- College Treasure
- Scholarship Match- Unigo
Use GuidedPath tasks to stay on top of deadlines for your regional and local scholarships. Add your college scholarship deadlines to your application plan.
Add details on the college scholarship to App Notes: To find the Application Notes, go to the College Lists and then select the tab labeled Summary just under the college lists and update the column on the very right.
Ryan Clark, Author, MBA, CCPS
GuidedPath Edge Guru
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