Is it nec­es­sary to visit US col­lege cam­puses in sum­mer?

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - YOUTH -

UNITED STATES AUS­TRALIA

Vis­it­ing col­lege cam­puses in the sum­mer is a com­mon way for high school stu­dents in the United States to get to know dif­fer­ent col­leges and be bet­ter pre­pared for the col­lege ap­pli­ca­tion process. Now, more Chi­nese faces are ap­pear­ing in th­ese US col­lege tour groups.

In 2016, Chi­nese stu­dents ac­counted for 31.5 per­cent of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents in the US, ac­cord­ing to the In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion, a US-based non­profit that fo­cuses on in­ter­na­tional stu­dent ex­change and sup­port.

The num­ber of Chi­nese high school stu­dents ap­ply­ing to US col­leges is in­creas­ing, and more of them have be­gun to con­sider vis­it­ing col­leges to de­cide which ones they will ap­ply to.

Go­ing to a col­lege cam­pus in the sum­mer en­ables stu­dents to see cam­pus fa­cil­i­ties and talk to ad­mis­sion of­fi­cers. It is also an op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence the cam­pus en­vi­ron­ment and de­cide which col­lege is the best fit.

Vis­it­ing mul­ti­ple col­leges al­lows stu­dents to com­pare ad­van­tages and dis­ad­van­tages, and know bet­ter dif­fer­ent dif­fer­ent what kind of col­lege they want to go to.

Yet there are con­cerns over whether it is a good idea for Chi­nese stu­dents to travel to the US to visit col­leges. The trip is costly and time-con­sum­ing and the in­for­ma­tion stu­dents ul­ti­mately get may not be worth the cost.

So, is it re­ally nec­es­sary for Chi­nese stu­dents to visit US col­lege cam­puses in the sum­mer?

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