Plan fall visits
It may sound odd, but with students back in high school, it is a good time to think about what comes next. One way to get teens’ wheels turning is for them to be on a college campus. You can imagine why — visiting in person pushes them to imagine themselves there and think more deeply about just what they are looking for after high school.
Minnesota’s Private Colleges make it easy to plan a visit; you can find visit options at each of them. A couple days to consider are Oct. 16 and 17, a Thursday and Friday when high schools close for teacher professional development, but there are many other dates available as well.
What our nonprofit colleges and universities put together for a visit program will vary; you’ll want to look at the ones you are considering to know what they offer. All typically include a tour, usually with student tour guides (and yes, they often do walk backward and talk at the same time to be able to get everything in that they want to cover). Different breakout sessions may be offered as well, on everything from financial aid to athletics, with admission staff and others from the colleges sharing information and taking questions. Meetings with panels of students as well as chances to sit in classes are other options that may be available.
In case you’re concerned about your role in all this, a visit can be for parents as well as high schoolers. College is a big decision for your whole family, so parents belong on visits too.
The visits you sign up for will have clear start and end times, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spend more time on the campus in the nearby neighborhood. After the scheduled program portion of a visit ends, for example, maybe you want to check out the bookstore while your teen hangs out at the campus coffee shop.
And if your visit involves hitting the road, maybe you’ll be looking for a restaurant or some other things to do in the area. We’ve got suggestions on those fronts for you as well.