Building Your College List Over The Summer

May 24, 2016

It’s that time of year again. If you didn’t go on a college tour over spring break, this summer is your chance to! Take the opportunity to visit a few campus on your list, as well as the list your parents gave you, and find out which you love, and which you hate! Being there in person is the best way to find out if a school is the right one for you. Take it from these students from OSU, Emerson, NYU and Clemson


OSU ‘17

It’s important to know what you want and why. The biggest question is why us, and that’s only an answer you can give after touring and researching a school. With so many school types it’s important to find the right ones for you. I knew I wanted a big school with sports and that offered a variety of majors and activities.


Emerson ‘19

When looking at schools, I put schools into two categories. The first was schools that offered intensive, pre-professional programs in film and television, such as Emerson, Ithaca, and BU. The second was liberal arts colleges that did not offer the same intensive programs, but were schools that I would love to attend if I decided I wanted to pursue a less focused, more general path, such as Occidental and Skidmore.

I found schools by talking to my parents, meeting with my guidance counselor at school, and using websites like CollegeBoard and Naviance. I also toured lots of schools, and many of the schools I toured I ended up choosing not to apply to. This was fine, because it saved time and money. Just because you go on a tour does not mean you’re committing to applying, so keep an open mind! You may end up loving that weird school your mom told you to look at, and you might end up hating a school that was on your list from the beginning. Either way, having a strong opinion is better than having no opinion. If you know why you liked or disliked a school, it can be useful in helping you find other schools you’re excited about and/or narrow your focus.


Clemson ‘18

When being pressure to apply to many schools, here is a short list of things to think about. What is the weather like? If you don’t like the snow, don’t go to Yale or BYU. If you don’t like to sweat or the beach, don’t go to Miami or Houston. If you don’t like the climate, trust me, you are going to be miserable. When you go on your campus tour, be on the look out for the student body and what stands out. Are students happy? Can you see yourself being one of them?


NYU ‘19

I have always wanted city schools because I heard that city schools all have great internship opportunities. Whenever I went on a college tour for city colleges, they all emphasized the fact that the internship opportunities there are endless. This is part of the reason why I chose NYU at the end.

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Frances Wong
Frances Wong

Frances was born in Hong Kong and received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. She loves super sad drama television, cooking, and reading. Her favorite person on Earth isn’t actually a member of the AdmitSee team - it’s her dog Cooper.


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