Is it necessary to visit US college campuses in summer?
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?