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College Tours for Counselors

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College Tours for Counselors

(organized alphabetically by city, state, or region served)


California "Decemberfest" - Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Scripps, Pitzer, Pomona, Occidental, Cal Tech, Redlands, Whittier

Here's what a former coordinator said about the participant selection process:

"There are some specific rules regarding who can be invited and why. Each year the nine sponsoring colleges issue invitations to about 80 counselors from across the country. Because there are nine colleges involved in the program, there must be some general agreement about who to invite -- we hash this out at a meeting in the spring each year (so by mid-May, invitations for the upcoming December have already been issued). Finally, one of program rules states that each counselor must have met (in person) a representative from one of the sponsoring colleges. This is meant to help ensure a good group dynamic. Short answer: a committee of folks from all nine colleges is responsible for issuing invitations."


California - different schools each summer, through WACAC:


(seems to be on hiatus as of 2015)


Chicago - Lake Forest, Northwestern, U of Chicago


Florida - Sunshine Tour (February) Private Colleges and Universities of Florida (Barry University, Embry-Riddle, Flagler, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida Southern, Jacksonville University, Johnson and Wales, Lynn University, Northwood University, Nova Southeastern, Ringling School of Art and Design, Rollins, Saint Leo, Stetson University and University of Tampa) 



Florida - tour especially for international counselors - Florida Institute of Technology, Rollins, University of Tampa, Stetson and Eckerd


Georgia - "Peachtree Tour" - Agnes Scott, Emory & Oxford colleges of Emory, Georgia Institute of Technology, Oglethorpe University - http://www.peachtreecounselortour.org/  *DISCONTINUED*


Iowa - College Seminar Tour with College Credit https://www.marianuniversity.edu/admission-financial-aid/college-seminar-tour/

Iowa ACAC- Rediscover Iowa's Diverse Education!






Illinois ACAC Tours - https://www.iacac.org/tours-committee/

Bus Tours:

Bus O'Fun - Runs every other summer, during odd numbered years.  https://www.iacac.org/busofun/

Micro Bus Tour - Runs every other summer, during even numbered years. https://www.iacac.org/micro-tour/

Plane o'Fun: -Runs every other summer, during even numbered years.  https://www.iacac.org/planeofun/



http://www.kascac.com/Committees/bustour.htm  Seems to be discontinued


Maine - "Colby, Bates and Bowdoin Counselor Tour" - The Colby Bates Bowdoin (CBB) Counselor Tour affords High School Guidance Counselors and individuals from Community Based Organizations* the opportunity to explore our institutions, connect with our communities, and experience Maine.


*not open to IECs*


Maine - Pine Tree Admission Consortium Tour - UMaine Farmington, Maine College of Art, Bridgton Academy, Saint Joseph's College, UMaine Orono, Southern Maine CC, USM, UNE



Maryland - Goucher, St. Johns, Washington, Johns Hopkins, C of Notre Dame, MIA, Loyola, Hood, Mt.St. Mary’s, Western Maryland, Villa Julie



BEANS Boston/Extended Area Network of Schools - Brandeis University, College of the Holy Cross, Emerson College, Simmons College, and WPI


MOW - MIT, Olin College of Engineering, and WPI - No link available.

WACT Worcester Area College Tour - Assumption College, Becker College, The College of the Holy Cross, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Worcester State University


PIKE TOUR -Babson College, College of the Holy Cross, Emerson College and WPI - No link available.

Five Colleges Tour - Every year, Five Colleges brings together 55 high school counselors from around the country to experience our campuses firsthand through student-led tours and presentations by the admissions directors :Mount Holyoke Counselor, Amherst, Smith, U. Mass and Hampshire


*not open to IECs*


Colleges of the Fenway - Send an email to cofadmin@colleges-fenway.org - Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Simmons College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Wheelock College


Massachusetts & Connecticut - Trinity, Connecticut, WPI, Holy Cross


New England Sampler Tour - Wheaton College, Emerson College, Providence College -  www.nesamplertour.org


North Carolina - Catawba College - https://www.catawba.edu/requests/flyin.asp

(link no longer active)


Minnesota - Macalester, St. Olaf, Carleton


Montana Bus Tour - http://www.montana.edu/admissions/counselortour/ - University of Montana, Carroll College, Montana Tech, Montana State


New Jersey Summer Tour (organized by NJ School Couns. Association; destinations change each summer): https://www.njsca.org/summer-bus-tour/


Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of NJ:



New Hampshire College and University Council - http://www.nhcuc.org/gctour.asp - Chester College of New England, Colby-Sawyer College, Dartmouth College, Franklin Pierce University, Keene State College, New England College, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Plymouth State University, Rivier College, Saint Anselm College, Southern New Hampshire University and the University of New Hampshire


New Mexico Counselor Tour - St. John’s College, New Mexico Institute of Mining, Inst of American Indian Art


New York -

Finger Lakes Tour (Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Syracuse University, University of Rochester, and Ithaca College):



Northwest 5 - Lewis & Clark, Reed, Willamette, University of Puget Sound, Whitman


The Northwest 5 does a combined tour in March each year, and it's done by nomination/invitation. 

 If any counselor is interested in visiting any of our five colleges, they are welcome to email any of our admission offices and request to be considered.


Mid-Hudson Valley College Tour - West Point, Marist, Culinary Institute, Vassar - http://www.marist.edu/admission/mhvcc


Colleges of Rochester Tour (Alfred University, Geneseo, Nazareth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the University of Rochester):



Upstate NY: SUCH (Skidmore, Union, Colgate, Hamilton): invite only


Another Upstate NY tour is coordinated by RIT (Union, RPI, Syracuse, Ithaca, RIT, & Rochester); go here to add your name to the "please consider inviting me" list: http://www.rit.edu/emcs/admissions/unyt

(link does not work)


Western New York Consortium of Higher Education:

http://www.daemen.edu/admissions/collegetour/Pages/default.aspx (Additional information about the consortium is available at http://www.wnycollegeconnection.com)


North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities - 3 different routes, one each year - Eastern, Central, and Western - approx 13-15 colleges per tour - http://www.ncicu.org/counselors_tour.html


North Carolina - First Flight Public Colleges Tour - http://www.firstflighttour.org/ - NC State, UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington


Ohio - "Heart of Ohio" - Antioch, Case-Western, John Carroll, Kent State, Marietta, Otterbein, Ohio University http://heartofohio.marietta.edu/


Ohio Six Tour: Denison, Kenyon, Oberlin, Wooster, Wittenberg, Ohio Wesleyan



Pacific Northwest ACAC (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska) PNACAC Summer College Tour - http://www.pnacac.org/college-tours - The tour moves around the PNACAC region on a 3 year rotation.


Pennsylvania - PACAC offers a free counselor tour to all conference registrants. The 2018 conference at the Kalahari resort will debut the inaugural College Counseling Leadership Institute. The 48-hour workshop (Friday, June 22nd-Sunday, June 24th) will include tours of the University of Scranton, Marywood University, King's College, Wilkes University, and Misericordia University in addition to seminar sessions on leading a dynamic college counseling program at your school. Conference registration (Sunday, June 24th-Tuesday, June 26th; one-day registration is available) will cover all expenses of the tour, including transportation between schools, lodging, and meals. Contact info@pacac.org or visit the PACAC Conference registration page in Spring 2018 for more information.


Pennsylvania - Lehigh Valley (LVIAC) - Lafayette, Lehigh, Muhlenberg, Moravian, Allentown



Central Pennsylvania Consortium - Dickinson, Gettysburg, Franklin and Marshall


Pennsylvania - "Taste of the Triangle" - Allegheny, Carnegie Mellon, Case Western Reserve


Philadelphia Association of Catholic Colleges - http://www.pacac.org/?q=node/340 - Cabrini College, Chestnut Hill College, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Holy Family University , Immaculata University, La Salle University, Manor College, Neumann University, Rosemont College, Saint Joseph’s University, Villanova University


Pennsylvania Liberal Arts College tour:  Experience the campus and culture of 6 great private PA liberal arts colleges in 4 days to learn why more than 3,000 each year choose to the distinct experiences the college offer:

Albright, Elizabethtown, Juniata, Lebanon valley, Lycoming, Messiah. www.pacollegetour.com 


Rhode Island - http://www.riaao.com/counselortour.html


Southeast  "Sweet Tea" Tour (coordinated by SACAC) - http://www.sacac.org/sweet-tea-tour


SUCH (Skidmore, Union, Colgate, Hamilton): http://suchcounselortour.org/


Texas: "Magic in the Metroplex" (SMU, Austin College, University of Dallas and TCU)


Consortium of Vermont Colleges:



Virginia- http://www.vatour.sbc.edu/ (appears to be on hiatus)


Virginia Private Colleges Tour - http://www.cicv.org/For-Guidance-Counselors/Virginia-Private-College-Counselor-Tour.aspx

This tour is also on a three-year rotation with different colleges visited each year.  Once you attend one, you will continue to be invited until you have visited all of the schools that participate!


COWS - invite only. counselors observing Wisconsin schools - tour (Beloit, Ripon, Lawrence, U of Wisconsin, Marquette).


Wisconsin: The College Seminar Tour gives secondary school counselors the opportunity to learn more about colleges and universities around the state of Wisconsin. http://www.marianuniversity.edu/cst/ 



"We would like you to come and enjoy a full week of activities, exploring our programs and facilities, sharing ideas about international education, high school exchange and learning about Spanish History and Culture through lectures and expeditions while visiting popular sights in Madrid."





Comments (1)

Bill McMurray said

at 8:34 am on Mar 17, 2014

The New England Sampler College Tour has changed. It now includes Wheaton College, Providence College, and Emerson College. (Northeastern U is no longer a participant.)

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