Five tips for those college visits

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Since spring break is here, we thought we'd revive this list from last week's Flair section. Spring break is a great time to visit colleges with your high school student, but those visits require a little bit of preparation. Here are tips for making those experiences count.

1: Visit a variety of colleges – big and small, private and public – and be open-minded about what they offer. Even if they’re not your student’s first choices, it shows them what their options are.

2: This may be hard for some parents to hear, but it’s important to let your children see the campus on their own during the visit.

3: To that point, visit the campus when school is in session to get a true feel for the campus on the average weekday.

4: Before visiting each school, map out the points of interest. Definitely check out the buildings and classes involved in your potential major (sit in on a class if you can) but also other areas that illustrate campus life: walk through the library, eat in the dining halls and visit athletic facilities.

5: Take pictures and notes, especially if you’re visiting several colleges. You might think you’ll remember the highlights, but things can get murky by the third or fourth trip.

— Holly Prestidge

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