How many colleges should a student visit?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Jerome Cole, Director of College Counseling at the Edmund Burke School in Washington D.C., discusses the basics of a college visit including how many colleges a student should visit.

    Jerome A. Cole, MA

    Jerome A. Cole, M.A., is the Director of College Counseling for the Edmund Burke school in Washington, D.C. and the founder of Cole Educational Consulting Services (Cole ECS.) He has worked with students and families for over seven years to help them plan and strategize for college. As a college counselor at Burke, an independent college preparatory high school founded in 1968, Mr. Cole oversees a program that is designed to support students and families as they go through the selection and admission process for college. Mr. Cole advises over 100 students each year in a small academically challenging environment where every senior is expected to apply to and enroll in college. Prior to Burke, he was a school counselor at Bethesda-Chevy Chase high school in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has successfully counseled hundreds of students and helped them prepare for admission to a variety of schools such as: American University, Clark-Atlanta University, Davidson College, George Washington University, Harvard University, Pitzer College, Stanford University, Temple University, and the University of Maryland at College Park, to highlight just a few. He established the consulting firm Cole ECS to provide students and families with the necessary information and support to make the best choice for college. Cole ECS defines the best choice as the optimal learning and social environment to ensure a student’s holistic success, culminating in on-time or early graduation and desirable post-graduate options. Mr. Cole earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Catholic University, and then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. He is certified as a school counselor and is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC).

    Host: How many colleges should a student visit?

    Jerome Cole: A lot of that s going to depend on location. Here, in the Washington D.

    C. area where I am based, we have a lot of colleges in the city and immediately outside of this city. So, our students have the advantage of being able to visit a lot of schools right here, just we finish a short drive away. If you are in a more isolated area where you don t have the same access, you are probably, going to have to do a little bit more visiting, you are probably going to have to do a little bit more traveling.

    I think that there is no magic number. It is going to be based on your schedule, your family schedule, it is going to be obviously, based on financial resources. It is going to be based on a lot of things. Again, I want to emphasize when we are talking about visiting colleges, it is always a good idea to start local and then branch out ,the idea being, trying to save wear and tear or mom and dad trying to save a little money in the pocket book. Visit the local schools, get familiar with colleges, get familiar with the process of visiting colleges, make up your list and then start to travel.