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Posted at 4:06 PM ET, 03/16/2010

College Tour ’10: Tell us about your college visits

By Valerie Strauss

The snow is gone (with any luck) and now that spring beckons, thousands of high school students are hitting the road with their parent(s) to visit colleges and universities.

We want to know what you and your child like--and don’t like--on your visits, and whether your college admissions calculus is changed by your trip.

We’ll publish stories that you send to us so readers can learn about places they could not visit, and we will display a map that will make it easy for you to see where guest bloggers have been and to read about their experiences.

Parents and students, please send me short posts (no more than 400) about your experiences at theanswersheet@washpost.com.

Keep each post to one school (I’m happy to get multiple posts from the same person), and try to answer questions that you would want answered. I won’t publish your names if you’d rather I didn’t, but I need your identification and a way to contact you. Also, tell me how you developed the list of schools you decided to visit.

I’m visiting some schools with my daughter Maddy, along the East Coast during her spring break, and we will both be writing.

You needn’t answer all--or any--of the following questions; they are just suggestions. A post can include several experiences from the same college or just one.

Here are some things you could write about:

*What was the single biggest factor that led you to like or dislike a school?
*Were you shocked by the size of the dorm rooms? (Tiny? Huge? Modern? Ancient?)
*Are there good places to hang out? Eat? A well-staffed health center if you get sick?
*Did you leave campus with all of your questions answered?
*Could you see yourself spending four or more years at the place? Why? Why not?
*Was there anything that surprised you?

I hope to hear from all of you.

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By Valerie Strauss  | March 16, 2010; 4:06 PM ET
Categories:  College Admissions, College Tour '10  | Tags:  college admissions, college tour  
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