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Choosing a College: Don’t Trust to the Internet, See The Campus For Yourself
Websites have become the main stage for colleges to draw in prospective students. The environment many colleges are operating in is tighter budgets, online applications, a lean staff and a wider reach at a relatively low-cost. Glossy informational brochures and mailers are no longer de rigueur. And websites are often expected to go beyond an introduction. Some sites offer visitors a virtual campus tour and even offer live streaming video. Technology has its place. It’s an excellent tool for prospectives to explore options and prepare questions. But it’s no replacement for being there on campus; walking the bricks, quads and dormitories and seeing for yourself - preferably when school is in session if possible. And it’s also important for today’s students to ask adults who attended college, faculty who teach at colleges and undergraduate collegians for thoughts and advice. Human information is often more valuable than sales-heavy Google searches and web page research on colleges (sites like collegeprowler.com provide student rankings… but are still only digital formats).
John Schreier at The Omaha World-Herald provides the questions high school students should ask undergraduates who give campus tours in their quest for the right college:
Wayne Fowler, a retired counselor who worked in the Omaha and Millard school districts, suggests that prospective students attempt to discover the student vibe by giving a four-question quiz to undergraduates they meet.
» Where did you graduate from high school?
» To which colleges did you apply, and which ones accepted you?
» Why did you pick this school?
» If you could do it all over again, would you choose the same college?
“Those four questions will tell you a lot about that school,” Meyer said.
Another way to learn about a school — and determine whether it merits a visit — is to sit down with college admissions representatives who come to area high schools.
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