Visit Colleges in the Spring! #Homeschool @TheHomeScholarApril 2012
by Lee Binz
The HomeScholar

6 Tips for College Visits If you’re a parent of a homeschooled teenager, you’ve probably been thinking about college for a while now! As you and your student prepare for that not-so-far-away event, now is the time to start visiting colleges that interest you. Visit colleges in the spring of junior year or earlier. Colleges can look very similar on paper, with brochures full of sunny days and beautiful fall leaves. Even when pictures and statistics look the same, you really don’t know what a college is like until you visit.

Tip #1 - Let them know you’re coming

Whether you visit a campus on a special preview day, a regular school day or for an overnight visit, you should sign up with the Admissions department and let them know you are coming. It’s very easy. Most college websites will have a place to register for a visit. Don’t miss this opportunity to let colleges know you’re interested in them! Some colleges keep records of how often prospective students come to visit. If you decide a particular college may be “the one” and you’ve visited them four times, they will look at this very favorably and value you more because of it.

Tip #2 - Meet the admission representative

When visiting a prospective college, your student should dress neatly and be clean, pleasant and charming. The school will likely be watching you just as closely as you are watching them. Students should make a point to talk to the college admission staff. It’s easy for parents to take control here and run the show, but this is actually a mistake. This time your student should do most of the interaction. On the other hand, it is important for parents to find out the college’s policy for homeschooled applicants, and determine what sort of records they need from your homeschool. There are many colleges where homeschoolers are treated the same as all other applicants. However, other colleges will have certain hoops that homeschoolers have to jump through, perhaps additional testing or something unique to that college. It’s important to know this information up front, so make sure to ask about this during your visit.

Visit Colleges in the Spring #Homeschool @TheHomeScholarTip #3 - Take, take, take...

Prospective students are usually asked if they want to visit a classroom and take a campus tour. These are great opportunities—don’t miss them! Choose a class that interests your student, or attend a general freshman level class to see what the first year of college will be like. As you tour the campus, remember that the tour guide will usually only show you the places that make the school look good. Throughout all of these activities, you and your student should be taking notes. Write down the details (names, classes visited, impressions, strengths, and concerns). This information will help you remember each college you visit, and will provide your student with great content as they prepare their application essays.

Tip #4 - Use your 5 senses

While you are visiting, use all of your senses as you walk around; look, listen, feel, taste and touch. Does this college seem like a positive environment? Can you picture your child living here for four years? Do the students appear happy and respectful? Is it a pleasant atmosphere? How does it make you feel about safety and security? Is the food healthy and appealing? Your answers might help you choose between colleges that seem to be equal on paper.

Tip #5 - Say thank you

After each campus visit, make sure your student writes a thank you note to the admissions staff and professors. This simple act will show the staff that you’re interested in the school. You may even help develop relationships that may become long-term mentors for your child. Both emailed and handwritten notes are helpful. If you don’t intend to go to the school, then emailing a thank you note is fine. But if you do intend to apply to the school, then a mailed thank you note is best. Some colleges keep a record of how many contacts you make, so it can actually help to write a letter by hand.

Visit Colleges in the Spring! #Homeschool @TheHomeScholarTip #6 - Buyer beware

Visiting a college is a critical step in finding a college for your children. Assess them carefully. You want to know their views. You need to know whether a college with “Christian” in their name will match your family values. You can tell very little by the name of a college; you can tell only a little more from their marketing materials. You don’t really know the personality of the college until you encounter it in person – during a college visit. There is no perfect college, just like there are no perfect people. But a purposeful visit can help you find the college that is best for your child.

Recommended Resources

Visit Colleges in the Spring

Visit Colleges in the Spring #Homeschool @TheHomeScholar

To share this infographic, grab the embed code below!

Recommended Resources

Finding a college is easy when Lee Binz shows you how! #Homeschool @TheHomeScholarFinding a College: A Homeschooler's Guide to Finding a Perfect Fit (Short Coffee Break Book)

Parents homeschooling high school sometimes get the feeling that the light at the end of the tunnel might just be a train heading straight at them! That train is called “college,” and one of the most angst-ridden tasks facing homeschooling families is choosing a college that will be a perfect fit for both the student and the family.

College Applications Simply Explained (Free Workshop) #Homeschool @TheHomeScholarCollege Applications Simply Explained (Free Workshop)

This free workshop will unlock the mysteries of the college application process. Learn how to assess colleges that fit your child. Understand how to convert your teen's awesome homeschool experiences into compelling essays that will demand admission and scholarship attention. Understand the critical components of homeschool records that will set your teen apart. Make a plan for the bittersweet transition from homeschooling to adulthood.

College Launch Solution (Complete Solution) #Homeschool @TheHomeScholarCollege Launch Solution (Complete Solution)

The College Launch Solution gives you all the training, support, and encouragement you need to launch your kids successfully into college and life, without paying for expensive college coaching. Now that you are nearing the end of homeschooling, you deserve to know that your investment of time, love, and money will not be in vain.

The HomeScholar Guide to College Admission and ScholarshipsThe HomeScholar Guide to College Admission and Scholarships

There’s nothing more stressful to parents than college admission and scholarships. Many parents question whether it’s even possible to find a college that is satisfying to both parent and child, a college that will love their student and offer them scholarships to attend. The HomeScholar Guide to College Admission and Scholarships puts these concerns soundly to rest.

Learn secrets to successfully tackle the college process. Learn to prepare your child, find a fit college, and earn scholarship that will make it affordable. Whether this is your first graduate or you have already launched a student into college, you need this resource. Available on Amazon.

Copyright © 2019 The HomeScholar LLC, Text may be reprinted without permission if used in full, except for use in a book or other publication for rent or for sale. Reprint must include this copyright, bio (below), and the original URL link -

Lee Binz, The HomeScholar, specializes in helping parents homeschool high school. Get Lee's FREE Resource Guide "The 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make Homeschooling High School" and more freebies at

Total Comments