|Posted - September 2014
CIS UNIVERSITY COUNSELLOR TOUR 2014
Dates: 11 – 19 July 2014
Location: Florida and Georgia, United States
By Jane Lowery - 2014 CIS University Counsellor Tour Leader
Fifteen counselors from eleven countries braved the heat of the Southeastern United States in July to visit fourteen colleges and universities. The Tour started in Tampa, Florida after the Overseas Association of College Admission Counseling (OACAC) Annual Conference. The countries represented by the counselors were: China, Colombia, India, Jordan, Luxemburg, Turkey, Singapore, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and Zambia.
Our goal was to move across the state of Florida, from the west to the east coast, visiting colleges and universities along the way. After we hit the east coast of Florida, we moved up until we crossed into Georgia and turned inland toward Atlanta, our final destination. We visited a variety of campuses, large public institutions, small liberal arts colleges and all the combinations in between. The colleges and universities we visited are (in order of visits): University of Tampa, Rollins College, University of Central Florida, Stetson University, Florida Institute of Technology, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Flagler College, University of North Florida, Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), Georgia College and State University, Emory University, Agnes Scott College, SCAD-Atlanta, and Georgia Tech. The institutions represented a wide selection of higher education options in the southeastern United States.
As we visited the campuses we talked with admissions counselors, student panels, and sometimes faculty representatives to learn more about not only the admission process, but also about the character of each of the institutions. We visited “flight lines,” new labs, state of the art television studios, historic campuses, modern facilities, dormitories, recreation centers, college towns and campuses in urban settings. We even learned about special features such as 3-D printers and real time Wall Street feeds. Since many of our students are not able to see the campuses they are applying to, it is extremely important for counselors to know as much as we can about as many campuses as possible in order to assist students with their research, applications and ultimately their decisions.
Along with the planned visits and admissions information gathered, the informal chats on the bus and over meals added to the value of our time together.
I would like to thank all of the universities for their generous hospitality in providing meals, housing and transportation for the group during our tour.
Next year, Michelle Duschang, Director of International College Counseling at the Hisar School in Turkey and Member of the CIS Higher Education and Guidance Committees, will lead the 2015 CIS University Counsellor Tour through California which will start after the OACAC Conference in Oregon, USA. We encourage you to participate. Please stay tuned to the CIS website for more details in November -December.