The idea behind goCAMPUSing is to provide high school students the opportunity to go on a series of introductory college campus tours easily and cost efficiently. The goCAMPUSing college tour experience gives students a sense of independence and frees their families of the scheduling headaches. Touring as a student group can reduce the cost to families significantly and students experience a more enriching college tour while visiting more college campuses.
The mission of goCAMPUSing is to give college bound high school students the opportunity to walk on college and university campuses, and see and hear first hand from college and university admissions representatives and students from those colleges and universities about those school, while having the experience of walking through the buildings and the campus. High school students are encouraged to ask questions and not only listen to the answers but take in the authenticity of the answers, pick-up the school spirit, and the school’s culture and community. goCAMPUSing’s staff understands the benefits of the information that a high school student gets from walking and talking on a college campus than from a virtual video tour. It is also goCAMPUSing’s mission to encourage high school student to begin touring/visiting colleges early as their high school freshman and sophomore years, and not wait for their junior year of high school. goCAMPUSing hears over and over again from high school juniors on our tours - “I wish I had gone on this college tour a year ago”. Why? Because if high school students see college as a reality earlier in their high school career and see and hear what it takes to get into a college – they not only have the time to adjust the classes they take in high school; they also take high school and the education process much more seriously. A college tour is clearly a proven motivator for better learning and study habits.
The goCAMPUSing mission is also to assist a high school’s school counselors. A school counselor is responsible for a variety of responsibilities. From routine absences, tardiness, truancy, and grades – to – conflict resolution, bullying, gangs, substance abuse, and teen pregnancy; the idea that a school counselor would be able to afford every high school student with an in-depth level of individual college guidance and selection information is not a reasonable conclusion. goCAMPUSing tours include at least one counselor on each goCAMPUSing tour. It is our mission to provide small group and one-on-one individual attention to each student on our tours. We will discuss the basics of the college admissions process, what different colleges are looking for, what the various colleges provide as majors and facilities, and most important the selection process; where everything is covered from tuition costs to the percentages of applicants each college accepts. It is out hope that each student will be able to return to their high school counselor prepared to discuss their college plans and be able to have discussions with their school counselors – and their parents – from a more advanced idea of the process, the costs, the type of colleges that interest them, and the chances of being accepted.
goCAMPUSing’s mission also includes taking school counselors on special tours structured specifically for what school counselors want to hear and see. School counselor tours are very different from a high school student tour. Our mission here is to allow school counselors with not only the first hand experiences of being on college campuses, so they can better discuss colleges with their students, but to also create deeper relationships with college admissions personnel from a variety of colleges but also be able to network with other school counselors from other high schools.
Why Go on Campus Tours?
Seeing a college campus in person is extremely important in the college selection process. It gives a high school student the feel of a college and helps the student define where he/she wants to spend the next 4 or more years of his/her life. And in many cases, students form an emotional bond with several schools they visited giving them a goal in their academic, extracurricular, and community service lives. The revelation in some high school students can be quite motivational.
It is hard enough for high school sophomores and juniors to select what schools they want to apply to, but the pool of college applicants today is at record highs. Meeting the recruitment and admission officers at college campuses is an important step in developing a personal relationship with that school and demonstrating interest in attending on the part of the applicant.
The problem is, with approximately 2,280 four year colleges in the US, the time and travel expense a parent or legal guardian would have to afford is almost impossible. It would be hard enough for a family to arrange for their child to visit even 3 colleges and get the proper college campus tour — talk to the administrators, tour the campus & facilities, and chat with current students on campus. goCAMPUSing let’s high school students see for the first time what each college and type of college has to offer. And they have an opportunity to begin letting the colleges of their choice know that they want to attend that college. It is NEVER too early.
We recognize that when it comes to having a high school student select a college, a goCAMPUSing college campus tour should not replace a college tour that an entire family makes with their child to a college once they have chosen their target colleges. The more individual contact a high school student makes with a prospective college the more a college knows how interested a child is in attending that college.
We hope you are as excited about sending your child on a goCAMPUSing tour as we are. We hope to hear from you soon.