Welcome, prospective students. I’m here to show you a very superficial version of what your life could be like for the next four years because I need the money.
—Anonymous tour guide, CollegeHumor.com
Is there a strategy to deciding which colleges to visit?
I received that question once from a California mom who visited my blog, The College Solution. She was particularly interested in whether her daughter should visit state universities in California, even though her daughter wouldn’t get any brownie points from the schools for touring their campuses. She was wondering if the time would be better spent traveling to distant private colleges where the family’s visits would be appreciated and possibly even rewarded ...