Visiting various types of college campuses is by far the most useful form of research a student and their family can do in the process. You can learn so much from an in-person information session and tour, and visiting is the highest form of demonstrating interest in a college, which can be a major factor in an admissions decision. There are several options for Salesian students who wish to visit colleges:
Annual College Tour Trip
The Guidance Department works with the company, Campus Tours, to provide an opportunity for our students to travel to up to six prestigious colleges and universities, over two days each fall. At each school students get an information session, campus tour, and get to have a meal in the dining hall. The group will stay overnight at a hotel in the area and continue the tour, seeing another set of schools the following day. Information regarding each year’s tour is sent out to sophomores, juniors, and seniors in August prior to the visit.
Previously visited schools: Boston College (MA), Bryant University (RI), Catholic University (D.C.), Georgetown University (D.C.), Lasell College (MA), Quinnipiac University (CT), Regis College (MA), Sacred Heart University (CT), Swarthmore College (PA), Temple University (PA), Towson University (MD), Villanova University (PA)
Visits on your own
During both junior and senior years, students are eligible for two excused absences to go visit colleges. In order for an absence to be excused, the student must:
- Have the “College Visit Form” (available below and in the Guidance office) signed by each teacher they will miss that day, and turn the form in to their counselor
- Have a parent/guardian email their guidance counselor that the student will be attending a college visit that day—we need this in writing for the attendance office
Both of these items must be provided to a student’s guidance counselor BEFORE the day of the actual visit in order for the absence to be excused. Phone calls the day of will not be honored and unexcused absences cannot be changed after the fact. There are no exceptions.
Note: Excused absences for college visits do not excuse students from work they missed, assignments that are due, or tests/quizzes that took place. Students are responsible to coordinate make up work with teachers and turn in assignments ahead of time.