How do students make informed decisions about where to apply for college? Most students need more information than what is shown on a website. No guidebook, testimonial or website will give them a better feel for a school than they will get by seeing it for themselves. Many students change their minds after a college visit. This is obviously preferable to changing their minds after they enroll. When it comes to research on which college to attend, there is no substitute for a visit to a campus to help figure out if that college is the right fit.
TIA staff and parents take a group of interested students every year on college visit tours. The students envision life beyond high school and can imagine themselves on campus. They meet with current college students, faculty and admissions staff, and explore the local surroundings. They also get the chance to see or do something fun along the way too.
This year the TIA college visit tour group visited the Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde, AZ, on the first day. The second day they visited the beautiful campus of Northern Arizona University. The last day they toured Grand Canyon University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
What did the students have to say about this trip?
“This trip definitely made me reconsider where I was going to go to college, as of now I’m thinking about Embry-Riddle for space physics or GCU for business management.” ~ Janelle Moreno
“There’s something different about visiting a college campus instead of just hearing things about it.” ~ Alonzo Rodriguez
“It made me think a lot about going somewhere different than I originally planned. Experiencing the campus life really changes the way you look at college.” ~ Taylor Pineda
What were some of the student’s favorite experiences?
Feeding animals at the Out of Africa Wildlife Park, swimming in an indoor pool when it was freezing cold outside, hanging out with the other students who have all become like a family to each other, and a visit to the planetarium on one of the college campuses to see the planets the way they’ve never been viewed before.
100% of all graduating students at TIA get accepted to colleges. This tour is one more tool that helps accomplish that.