Step 4 – Parents – Gather Info and Visit College Campuses

Step 4 – Gather Info and Visit College Campuses

  • Be patient. The process of choosing a college can be stressful for both parent and child. Your child may change his or her mind several times throughout the process. Be supportive, and offer guidance. But allow your child to “own” the process.
  • Break college planning into several small “sessions” so that your child doesn’t feel overwhelmed. Be sure you know the process, yourself, and look for opportunities to talk about career planning and potential colleges.
  • Take advantage of the Internet. All colleges in Mississippi have a website, and most offer lots of valuable information about their school and the admission process.
  • Recognize the importance of campus visits. Brochures and websites can be helpful, but they can’t take the place of a personal visit. Plan to go at a time when classes are in session and students are likely to be on campus.
  • If you plan to visit several colleges, encourage your child to bring a notebook, camera, or both. Having a record of your visit can help tremendously when decision time finally arrives.
  • Assist your child with the application process, and help him/her stay on top of deadlines.