College is a major financial and time investment. When it comes to deciding where a student will spend his next four years and pay anywhere between $100,000 to $300,000 in tuition,it only makes sense to thoroughly research prospective schools. Universities are not "one size fits all". Therefore, visiting a broad range of college campuses is the best way for students to understand what type of university is the best fit for them. Furthermore, having visited colleges can add an advantage during the admissions process. US college admissions officers look for students who have demonstrated interest in a school by investing the time, money, and effort to visit a campus. Information gained from campus visits can also help students write more compelling "Why This College" essays, further enhancing their chance of admission. In addition to the benefits of visiting campuses, Edvanta's one-on-one counselling and evening information sessions will help students understand how to best position themselves during the application process to highlight their strengths and develop compelling applications.
We offer more than just college campus tours. From pre-tour Orientation, to private tours and information sessions with admissions officers, to personalized sessions and post-tour guidance with our expert counsellors, we help families and students understand what schools are best for them, and what steps they need to take in order to get there.
A few weeks before the tour, there will be a pre-departure information session in New Delhi, India during which we will discuss what to expect during the tour, and how to prepare to get the most out of your college tour experience. You will also receive a pre-departure package that contains summaries of the colleges to be visited,and worksheets to help you compare and evaluate colleges during the tour.
Yes! We believe that families play a significant role in the college selection process. Therefore, we encourage at least one parent to attend, so that they may also participate in this process with their child.
Prior to the trip, Edvanta College Tours will collect your detailed flight itinerary, and will circulate information about where in the airport tour leaders will meet participants upon arrival.
We want families and students to be comfortable. Therefore, we stayat mid and upper mid-range hotels. On some tours, students will also spend one or two nights in a college residence setting to experience dorm life. Accommodations are two people per room. Most breakfasts are provided through our hotels. For lunch, we either eat in the college campus dining halls to give participants a sense of student life, or else on the road as we travel to our next university. For dinners, families are encouraged to go out on their own to explore local dining options and get a better sense of the areas near the campus. We are happy to make recommendations for nearby restaurants across a range of cuisines. We travel in private coach buses.Buses range in size depending on the tour, but they all have air conditioning, and most are equipped with bathrooms.
In order to maximize your time during the tour, we closely follow a detailed itinerary that includes college tours, information sessions, meals, and travel time. However, we also understand that students and families want to explore the surrounding area, so we do include unscheduled time in the itinerary when possible.
Following the tour, students will receive a post-tour evaluation and information packet to guide them through the next steps of the college application process. For those who are interested in further support, we do offer additional customized college admissions counselling services.
Yes, if you do not already hold a US passport or valid visa, you will need to apply for a B-2 visa. Participants will be provided with a letter confirming their participation in the tour. Upon receipt of this letter, students should visit the US Embassy website in the country where they are located to learn the process for securing a visa. In most cases, this involves completing the DS-160 form, paying a fee at a designated bank, and then arranging for an interview at the US Embassy.
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