By 10th or 11th grade, students preparing for college need to be thinking about what school they will attend. But it’s difficult to get a good read on a college by looking at a website or a brochure. For this reason, I have designed college tours divided into geographic sections of the United States. Taking this type of tour allows college prep students to experience the university in person. The student group sees the campus and has the opportunity to speak to students, faculty and staff.
This type of interaction is valuable. It effectively inspires students to make a decision about their college of choice.
Following, I will offer an example of a Mid West College Tour (part 1) where students have the opportunity to visit some of the most distinguished universities in this area of the United States. This is by no means a comprehensive list of Mid West colleges. I encourage teachers taking students on this type of tour to add or delete colleges they really wish to visit. In fact, there are so many great schools in the Mid West, there will be a part 2 to this article.
University of Cincinnati
Serving over 40,000 students and delivering 308 programs of study, University of Cincinnati is a well-respected urban university. Forbes magazine ranked it among the most beautiful campuses in the United States. The campus is a showcase for contemporary architecture. Known for its accredited Musical Theater Program and its Architecture, Construction & Building Trades Program, UC has a great deal to offer the imaginative student. UC has a 15/1 student-faculty teaching ratio and over 250 Graduate Programs to choose from.
Also located in Cincinnati, Ohio, Xavier University enrolls approximately 6,700 students each year. There is a College of Arts and Sciences, Social Sciences, Health & Education, and the Williams College of Business, so students studying in these areas will be most interested in Xavier. The Musketeers Men’s basketball team, women’s soccer and basketball teams, and other athletic and co-curricular activities make Xavier an exciting campus.
Ohio State University
With an enrollment of nearly 65,000 students, 1,700 acres of land and 457 buildings, Ohio State University has a huge impact on Columbus, Ohio. Cited among the top 20 national public universities by U.S. News and World Report in 2010, Ohio State University is a top-rated school. Academic programs range from Medicine to Engineering, Architecture, Arts and Sciences and more. The campus is a mixture of Gothic revival architecture and contemporary building designs, with a 60-acre arboretum and abundant gardens and plazas.
Indiana University (IU) has eight campuses across the state. The main campus is in Bloomington and is scheduled as a stop for this tour. Indiana University was founded in 1820 and has a rich heritage. The campus retains its historical beginnings in its layout and architecture with Indiana limestone buildings dating to the late 19th Century. Bloomington is a town of about 70,000 people. The inhabitants of Bloomington and the campus community refer to it as “B-town” because of its lively music scene, coffeehouses, farmers markets, international cuisine, and festivals. IU is known academically for its business, arts, law, technology and journalism programs to name just a few highlights. With over 32,000 students and a diverse student body, Indiana University is a premiere institution.
Ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, Purdue is an outstanding University. The main campus is located in West Lafayette Indiana, and is the scheduled destination for this tour. There are also Purdue locations in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Westville and Hammond. Ranked #1 in Biological and Agricultural Programs, and in the top 10 for Undergraduate Business and Engineering students, Purdue has distinguished programs to offer the student of Science, Technology Engineering and Math. Purdue is also well known in many areas of research in these fields. With over 30,000 undergraduate students enrolled and a competitive selection process, Purdue University is certainly a school worth serious consideration.
University of Illinois
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a school that has educated numerous Pulitzer Prize and Nobel winners. Undergraduate enrollment is over 31,000 students, and there are 17 different colleges and Instructional units to choose from. University of Illinois was established in 1867 and retains a 19th Century flavor in some of its architecture. Known for the liberal arts and sciences, University of Illinois has a distinguished list of alumnus – scientists and writers recognized for excellence in their field. The campus tour includes visits to a number of buildings that date to the 19th and early 20th Centuries.
Take student groups on a college tour of selected schools in the Mid West to help them gain a realistic perspective of college life. In addition to visiting schools, entertainment and dining are part of the itinerary. Students can spend time exploring towns such as Bloomington, West Lafayette and Cincinnati to get a feel for lifestyles, cuisine, geography, climate and more.