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Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 06/24/2010

College Tour '10 resumes (with links)

By Valerie Strauss

For rising high school seniors, the frenzied college admissions season is about to begin -- if it hasn't already.

Many students are taking time this summer to visit college and university campuses, and to write essays for their college applications. A preview of the entire 2010-11 Common Application is available on line for those students who refuse to relax this summer.

We have a map of the United States here, with links to various schools around the country. If you click on a school, you will go to a write-up about that school from a teenager or a parent who visited this year (many of them during spring break) and then wrote about his or her impressions.

We are interested in your experiences, too. I will publish here each post sent to me and add it to the map.

Keep each post to one school (I’m happy to get multiple posts from the same person), and try to answer a question, or questions, that you would want answered.

It is fine to write about a school that is already on the map; no two impressions are exactly the same. I won’t publish your names but I need your identification and a way to contact you. Also please tell me if you are a student or a parent. Send your posts to me at

Here are the posts, with links, that we have so far:

Princeton University

Penn State University

Vasser College

Haverford College

University of Southern California

St. Mary’s College

Lafayette College

Virginia Tech University

Villanova University

Clark University

University of Maryland, College Park

Tufts University

New York University

Brown University

Columbia University

Skidmore College

Cornell University

Georgia Tech

Vasser College

Brandeis University

Colorado College

Northwestern University

Washington University in St. Louis

University of Michigan

Brown University

University of Pennsylvania

Haverford College

University of Miami

Boston University

New York University

College of William & Mary

Muhlenberg College

College of Wooster

Macalester College

Claremont Colleges (Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Scripps College, Pomona College, Claremont McKenna College)


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By Valerie Strauss  | June 24, 2010; 11:40 AM ET
Categories:  College Life, College Tour '10  | Tags:  College Tour '10, admissions process, campus visits, college admissions, college admissions process, college essay topics, college essays, college visits, common app, common app essays, common applicaiton preview, common application, common application essays, deciding on colleges, how to write a college esssay, the best college essays, visiting campuses, visiting colleges  
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