• Cara Parker

College Open Houses

It's that time when high schoolers are starting to do some college tours.


Not sure where to start? Look for an open house.


An open house is a great way to get a sense of what you like and don't like. Find something local. Do the tour. Walk around campus. Try the food. Check out the neighborhood.


The first tour that we did with our oldest was a fairly local, medium-sized state school in a city.


He liked the dorms. That made newer dorms feel more like a priority.

He liked the small class sizes. That made him realize that he wanted a smaller school.

He liked the program that he was interested in at the time. That helped him narrow down the search,


He didn't like the split campus. That eliminated all campuses that required a bus.

He didn't like the business of this small city. That meant that we didn't have to look anywhere in Boston or New York.


In two hours of our time, we were able to narrow down some preferences, because he didn't know that these were important until after he experienced them on a tour.


Spring is a great time to get on some weekend open houses. Start locally. Once you have a better sense of the wants and needs, then you can start looking beyond your area if that's an option.



Have you found college open houses to be helpful? Let me know your thoughts below.