July 25, 2011
Joel Hoogland and Emily Greenlee both did three or four campus visits during Iowa Private College Week. They said this helped them make the choice to attend Morningside College.
Choosing a college is a big decision. One of the best ways to find the right school is by doing campus visits. High school juniors and seniors can speed up this process by visiting up to 10 schools in five days Aug. 1-5 during Iowa Private College Week.
“It’s a great opportunity to see more than one school in a short period of time and compare,” said Sue Pyburn, associate director of admissions at Morningside College.
Visits start at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each day. Be sure to pick up a “passport” at your first stop. Those who visit at least three schools during the week can register for a chance to win a $500 bookstore gift card from the school they decide to attend.
“At Morningside you will tour campus with a current student, visit with faculty and talk to financial aid,” Pyburn said. “In a short period of time, you can comparison shop your colleges and have a really great experience. We want you to come to Morningside because we will stand out as being one of the best.”
Joel Hoogland of Sioux Center, Iowa, is an incoming freshman at Morningside College who won a $500 gift card. He did all of his campus visits during Iowa Private College Week. He said he enjoyed being able to look at the different colleges with a group of prospective students.
“As you’re going around, people are saying stuff; you’re picking up on the things that they picked up on and they’re picking up on the things that you picked up on,” Hoogland said. “You’re kind of seeing it from all of the angles.”
Last year Emily Greenlee of Lincoln, Neb., was one of the freshmen at Morningside to win a $500 gift card. She said she had not been looking forward to Iowa Private College Week at first, but it ended up being a great experience.
“I liked it because I didn’t have time to forget about the last school I visited,” she said. “If I had gone to one school and then a month later visited another one, it would have been harder to compare. The most recent one obviously would have seemed like the best because that would be the most fresh in my head. So it made it a lot easier to eliminate some schools.”
She said she also enjoyed traveling from school to school with her mom.
“My mom and I are really, really close, so it was a good time for both of us,” she said. “We stopped in a couple of small towns just to visit, and we went to the mall and just hung out. We jammed out to oldies music in the car. It was a good road trip.”
To learn more about Iowa Private College Week, go to www.thinkindependently.com.