The complexities of the (US) campus visit

For those of you with college-going kids … the campus visit has gotten more complex, high-stakes and expensive…according to the following article:

Campus visit: A choice moment

What does it take to find the college of your dreams? For 12 seniors on a college quest, try 28,000 miles, $9,500 and 91 college visits.

Try 28,000 miles on the road, $9,500 in traveling expenses, and 91 college visits.

Those are the totals racked up thus far by the seniors the Enquirer Editorial Board is following through the college admissions maze. This summer they’re flocking to campuses from New York University to Oxford University in England, hoping to narrow their choices before they begin applying this fall.

Oxford University in England, hoping to narrow their choices before they begin applying this fall.

The students are part of the Class of 2010, which is expected to be the largest freshman class ever to enter U.S. colleges. Their numbers and predilection for higher education have tightened admissions, with many colleges seeing their applicant pool grow by nearly a quarter and candidate quality increase as well.

So like almost everything else the record-setting class is experiencing, the campus visit has gotten more complex, high-stakes and expensive.

It used to be simple: High-school seniors and their parents devoted a Saturday (or two) in the fall to day trips, usually to in-state schools.

Now the average student applies to five schools – with 20 percent filing seven or more applications – and campus visits can begin as early as junior high, continue to spring of senior year, and send families on wide and sometimes expensive swings across the nation.

Read the source article here.

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