Where am I off to in 2024?
In 2023, I visited Florida Atlantic University, Lynn University, Florida Institute of Technology, Beacon College, Rollins College, the University of Central Florida, University of Georgia, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta Campus (advertising), Elon University, Wake Forest University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State at Raleigh, Duke University, Hofstra University, Rowan University, Carnegie Mellon, University of Pittsburgh, Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University, Miami University Oxford, University of Dayton, University of Cincinnati, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Princeton University.
On visits, admissions deans and reps tell us about new programs, which majors are the toughest admits, and what they want to see in applicants. Sometimes I read between the lines and anticipate strategies a college is taking to increase yield, which helps me anticipate outcomes for my students. Walking campuses allows me to experience the vibes and culture. Best of all, I visit colleges with my professional colleagues–we learn from each other every day, whether we travel or stay at our desks.
Speaking of professionals and visiting colleges, I encourage every family to work with a professional, whether it is me or not. Many people doing college consulting are “private” but uncredentialed and do not meet the standards of professional networks and organizations. We commit to a code of ethics as well as continually gain knowledge directly from institutions, continuing education, and fellow members of professional organizations such as NACAC, IECA, and HECA. I chose to become a Certified Educational Planner (see below) because I want families to trust in my level of professionalism.
In March, I am off to South Carolina, the most popular state for my applicants, to see Clemson University, the University of South Carolina, College of Charleston, Coastal Carolina University, and Wofford and Furman Colleges. I’ll be doing Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts tours in May. Expect to see lots of notes and photos. After that? I will keep you posted on my travels to come!