Etiquette for Visiting Colleges

  David Graves      July 18th, 2018

Like many parents in our community, my wife and I had our two children go to an after-school etiquette program during the fifth grade. We got past the actually moaning and groaning and had them ready to learn more about how to interact with others. I can still remember sending my now college senior son to his first day with a pre-tied necktie in his bookbag, only to have him come home with the tie pulled up tight against his neck above his actual shirt collar. Seriously, it was the strangest sight ever. I should have known then that he was destined for a more casual, less proper life – just like me. While my kids only went through one year of this program, both of them did learn a few manners, my son understood how to actually tie a necktie, and hopefully some of the etiquette did sink in. In the same way that there are certain etiquette rules for social events, interacting with others and dining at restaurants, there are also certain steps you can take when visiting colleges. While many students might have already starting visiting colleges by now, a large number of you will be attending admission events during your senior year. This could involve campus tours, visitation days, open houses and the like. Here are a few suggestions on how to make sure the visits go well for everyone involved. Don’t worry, this has nothing to do with table manners, how to bow, or how […]

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Advice for Campus Visitations from the Admissions Staff

  David Graves      July 3rd, 2013

Many students will have travel plans during the summer and for rising seniors those plans often include visiting colleges they plan to apply to in the fall.  Here are some tips and advice from our admissions staff of things to keep in mind as you plan your campus visits. Do your homework.  Go online to websites of the colleges you are visiting.  Learn what you want to do while you’re on campus.  Check for visitation calendars, see if you need to register for a tour, etc.  Review a campus map to become familiar with where you are going.  If you are visiting UGA and you have an iPhone, download our App which includes a campus map among its many features. Wear comfortable shoes.  Campus tours will almost always include a walking tour.  Now is not the time to break-in a new pair of shoes! Come prepared.  Go ahead and start thinking about the questions you want to ask and write them down.  You don’t want to forget once you’re there.  Determine where you are going to need to park and find an address if you’re using a navigational device.  Be aware that while some areas may have visitor parking, this is not always free. Check the weather.  Look online to see what the weather is going to be like the day of your visit.  Bring an umbrella if there’s a chance of rain.  If it’s going to be hot bring plenty of water to stay hydrated.  You may even want to […]

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Summer Suggestions

  David Graves      May 17th, 2013

With the school year almost over and summer nearly here, here are a few suggestions for things you can do over the break. Send your test scores to UGA.  You’re not on our radar until you have contacted us in some manner, typically by sending SAT and/or ACT scores.   This means we can’t invite you to summer programs, send updates about admissions, etc.  You can send test scores to UGA as soon as you take the test, you don’t have to wait until you apply.  We super score the SAT and ACT, so why not go ahead and send your scores? Visit colleges you are interested in.  Summer is a great time to start looking at colleges you’re planning on applying to next fall.  Many of you will already have travel plans this summer.  If your travel happens to be near a college that you’re interested in, go ahead and schedule a visit.  It’s never too early to start visiting colleges.  You can schedule a visit to UGA online here. Read a book, or two or three.  Many of you are going to have summer reading lists that you must complete for school next fall.  Make sure you read all of your required books!  Reading isn’t just a way to pass time.  The benefits of reading include boosting test scores, building vocabulary and improving memory. Get organized.  Most students are going to apply to multiple colleges.  Each college can differ in what is required for an application.  Keep everything […]

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Visiting Colleges

  David Graves      April 26th, 2010

At this time of year, our office starts to move its focus from the incoming freshman class to the rising junior and senior classes in high school. We will still be doing a great deal of programs for incoming freshmen, but April/May is the beginning of the transition time for our office. As such, I had lunch with a good friend of mine, Eric Johnson, who is the Director of the UGA Visitors Center. Here are his suggestions for high school underclassmen on the most important things to do when you visit a college: Remixing the college road trip:  Make your college quest an excellent adventure. “It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it’s the journey that matters in the end.” Ursula Leguin So, you’re planning to begin visiting college campuses on your quest to find your dream school. Certainly, you should visit before you make a decision and commit to attending a school. I assume that, but I know many students who have never set foot on a campus until they move in. That’s not a good idea. You wouldn’t buy a car without at least a brief test drive. So, look at your tour of colleges as your way of “kicking the tires” of schools so that you can make an educated decision about the school you choose. Here are some suggestions to help you make the most of your college road trip: Visit multiple and varying schools.  Don’t be content to visit just […]

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Tate 2, the Sequel

  David Graves      June 1st, 2009

I needed to get out of the office today, and walked down to the center of campus to clear my mind. I went inside the Tate Student Center for a snack, and noticed that the walkway to the new wing of the Tate Center, known at this time as Tate 2, was open. Yes, as big as this construction project is, I still missed the actual grand opening! If you are visiting campus in the near future, this is one place you have to visit. It is in the center of campus, right next to the Miller Learning Center, and it looks amazing. For a better view, take a look at the Tate 2 website. And while I do not recommend any restaurant over another in Athens, a good friend of the family, Davis Fleming, would eat every meal at Barberito’s if he could, and now he has one when he visits campus.

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