A great time to visit

A great time to visit

John Carroll is a great place to visit on a beautiful summer day. Whether you’re just starting your college search, or trying to narrow your choices, a campus tour can be incredibly useful.

I recently read an article entitled “5 reasons not to tour Colleges During summer Break.” The article makes some good points, but as I read it I thought, ‘we really take a different approach at John Carroll.’ So much so, that I started thinking of specific counterpoints to the article highlighting why John Carroll is great to visit over the summer. Here are the five reasons – I’ll call them myths—and my responses to them based on our admission process:

Myth 1. Colleges are serene in the summer.

College campuses tend to be deserted in the summer. The biggest, most important question students should ask themselves on a college tour is, “Do I fit in here?”

JCU: “Fit” is an important factor in your college decision, yet, it is something more appropriate to consider near the end of the college selection process. A summer visit should be about getting a feeling for the campus, for instance how it looks, the distance from home, questions about the admission and scholarship process, its majors, and academics. You should learn enough on a summer visit to confirm whether or not you want to apply for admission. So, treat a summer visit as an introduction to the school and your expectations and the visit will be better aligned.

2010 Summer Visit Opportunities

Interested in visiting John Carroll University? We welcome all students and their families to visit campus this summer for a great overview of the campus and our offerings in a few different types of settings to meet your needs.

Saturday Cookouts on the Quad
Join us on the following Saturdays at 11 a.m. for our introductory session about John Carroll, covering academics, admission, and financial aid. After a campus tour, join JCU enrollment staff, current students, and faculty for great conversation and a cookout on our beautiful quad!

Admission and Financial aid information sessions
Our information session goes beyond facts and figures. Not only will you hear the story of JCU, but you will also learn about our mission, philosophy on education, what makes us unique, and learn about how we define student success at the University. This introductory session is offered Mondays, thursdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Campus tours
Sometimes a campus tour is all you need to know if JCU is right for you. You will have an opportunity to see the entire campus, including classrooms, a residence hall, and dining facilities. Campus tours are available Monday- Friday every hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you have unique needs or questions, our enrollment staff is happy to meet with you one-on-one.

Exploring Cleveland
Cleveland’s restaurants, museums, parks, and clubs are an integral part of your John Carroll experience. We encourage out-of-town visitors to plan your summer visit to Cleveland around other activities or events in the region. Check out www.positivelycleveland.com for regional events.

Myth 2. tours are scarce and faculty absent.

You won’t find twice-daily tours and be able to meet faculty during the summer.

JCU: We actually offer tours every hour on the hour! We have an active summer term of courses with students and faculty around, and before you know it, our student athletes are back on campus in early August preparing for the fall 2010 season. So, while it does not bustle like the school year, there is enough staff and activity on campus to give you a great feel for our community.

Myth 3. students are hard to find.

Even the most helpful campus tour guide has an inherent bias – he or she is paid by the college to recruit new students.

JCU: The assumption here is that tour guides are not “regular” students. At JCU, our tour guides are trained, but not scripted. The difference is important and allows our students to speak directly from their own experiences. Yes, our tour guides represent the best of JCU, but they also reflect the reality of the experience that any incoming student can have.

Myth 4. College tours are neither relaxing nor fun.

College visits are exhausting, multi-hour excursions.

JCU: Summer is a little more relaxed. Typically a summer visit can be a tour and introductory session. Your tour can be tailored to be shorter or longer based on what you want to see and how much time you have. In the summers we even sponsor Cookouts on the Quad where you’ll meet with students and staff over some grilled food. (If you’re not from the Midwest, we’ll also introduce you to a game of Cornhole).

Myth 5. younger siblings will hate you.

It’s not fair to drag younger siblings around in the summer.

JCU: A side trip to nearby Cedar Point, the “roller coaster capital of the world,” or to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can be a great incentive for younger siblings to “tolerate” a campus tour this summer. Cleveland is an important extension of your JCU experience and worth seeing in the summer. Check out http://www.positivelycleveland.com/visit/ to coordinate your JCU summer visit around other activities and events that interest you and your family.

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