The purpose for my family’s recent big road trip was to visit colleges. Since the decision deadline is fast approaching, now is probably a good time to share the details of the college tours we attended.
Over all, our son applied to eight universities. His first choice from the start was San Diego State University. San Diego State was the first college he visited and was seriously considering. Lucky for us, our son decided early on what he wanted to focus his studies on and he determined his major before we began the search. He carefully considered schools based on the programs they offered in his field, as well as location and what his friends showed interest in! He had a lot of support from his school and especially his counselors.
We were mainly interested in the Engineering Departments of these schools, with a focus on Construction, Civil, and/or Architectural Engineering. We visited the following universities and attended their regular admissions tours:
Here are the photos from our favorites:
Colorado State University at Fort Collins
It is difficult to decide on a university to attend based on how it looks on their website, or on paper, or even based solely on a recommendation. Every school is different and has its unique qualities. Just like the students! I think it is important that each student has the opportunity to visit as many colleges as possible, even before they are in high school, so they can get a feel for the place. It’s a good way to start imagining what college life is like. If you can dream it, you can make it happen!
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of New Mexico at Albuquerque
After being accepted to five universities, my son decided on Cal Poly, SLO. He liked it instantly when he arrived there for the tour. It is a beautiful campus and it is a reputable school for architectural engineering. He was honored to be accepted because he had been told how difficult it is to get in. It’s affordable within reason, and it is not too far away from home. But more than anything, he felt comfortable there and that is the most important thing.
California Polytechnic at San Luis Obispo
I am happy to give you my opinion of each school based on what I experienced. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Do you want to find out what happens next? The Six States in Seven Days Road Trip Saga continues in my next post: 5 Stops in a Culinary Adventure where I highlight some of the restaurants that I visited in on the road trip through Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.