Campus Life

Tour de Campus

I’ve been following the Tour de France the past couple of weeks and have been reminded of the seemingly odd connection between that great sporting event and a critical component of the college process — college visits and their associated tours. Thus, “Tour de Campus.”

The modern version of the Tour de France comprises 21 stages, run on separate days, over 23 days (two days are for rest) and covers over two-thousand miles. For those of you who are considering applying to a long list of colleges, your tour schedule may seem just as daunting as the Tour’s.

I’ve been on a number of college tours and have offered opinions to college applicants about their reaction to tours. It always amazes me how an unusual tour experience, either good or bad, can affect a potential applicant’s view of a particular college.

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