Career & Major Exploration
College Visits & Interviews
College Admission Essays
First Generation Students
Gap Year & Study Away
"From the very beginning, Debra took charge and took us on an incredible journey. Not only was she able to guide our daughter through the process and help her produce a stand-out personal essay, Debra was able to keep our daughter fully invested in the process. An unexpected benefit was having a very happy high school senior in our home throughout the year! Debra’s compassion, patience and meeting our daughter where she was at, was a perfect fit — not only for our daughter, but for our family. Our daughter was accepted into her dream school — nothing better than a happy ending!"
- Peter, parent
College Visits & Admission Interviews
Our College Tours
Visiting colleges is one of the most fun parts of being a college counselor. Seeing them in person helps us understand what makes each school special and what type of student would thrive there. Each member of the College Admission Coach team visits many schools per year. Here is our College Visit Gallery.
Your College Tours
Seeing a college yourself is the best way to get a feel for the campus and determine whether it is a perfect fit for you. When possible, visit while school is in session so you can sit in on classes, meet some students and professors, attend a sporting event of performance, eat the dorm food, and perhaps arrange an overnight stay in the dorms with a student host. Here are some resources for making the most of your college visit:
Virtual College Tours
Finances or a busy schedule may make it unrealistic for you to visit some of the colleges you are considering. Virtual college tours are the next best option if you can't be there in person. The pandemic caused most universities to upgradde their virtual tour options. Whenever possible, sign up for a virtual tour through the college's website. If you sign that way, up the college has a record of your attendance which they count toward demonstrated interest (proof that you are serously considering attending the school.)
If you are a junior or senior on a college visit, you may get the opportunity to have an admissions interview. If an admissions interview is part of your agenda, practice in advance with your college counselor or volunteer interviewer with whom you feel comfortable. Here are a list of likely college admission interview questions and How to Nail Your College Admissions Interview from FastWeb. Be sure to send a thank-you note after your interview!