Any time. Colleges and universities offer tours and information sessions at least once a day Monday-Friday and sometimes on Saturday. Students should check the college website for times and instructions for signing up. If students have not visited in 10th grade, I would encourage students and their parents to be diligent in visiting the junior year. Your goal by August 1 of the senior year is to have a short list of 4-8 colleges where the student is applying.
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Missy Sanchez CEP, LPC
With over 30 years of experience in the college counseling arena, Missy Sanchez brings a comprehensive overview to the college admissions process. From 1980-2011 as the Coordinator of College Counseling then Director of College Counseling at Woodward Academy in Atlanta, the largest independent school in the U.S., Missy was responsible for building the college counseling department at Woodward from one college counselor to four college counselors and an administrative assistant. During this same time frame, she has also served as a member and presenter at College Board and on the College Board Southern Regional Council. Since 1984 Mrs. Sanchez has been a member, presenter, and held several leadership roles with the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) and the Southern Association of College Admissions Counselors (SACAC). She received the 2011 President’s Award for Excellence from the Southern Association of College Admissions Counselors. When she retired from Woodward in 2011, she resumed her private practice specializing in helping college bound students find their best fit in a college and in preparing a strong application. She continues her membership in NACAC and SACAC and will be a presenter at both in 2013.
Throughout her career, she has enjoyed learning about individual colleges and has visited over 500 campuses. Ms. Sanchez has also served on a number of counselor advisory boards including: Northwestern University, Miami University, Rice University, Furman University, and the University of Georgia. Since 1997 she has also been on the US News and World Report Counselor Advisory Board. She has been a reader for the prestigious Coca-Cola Scholars Selection Committee and the Scholarship Program at Furman University. Her experience has led her to present workshops for Emory University, Brown University, the CDC, and in China. She was selected to attend a joint Hanban/College Board educators’ trip to China to collaborate with Chinese schools as well as a MASA trip to Israel to learn about Gap programs for US students. Recently she has been working in China and online with Chinese students who are interested in finding and applying to U.S. colleges that fit their needs and talents.
Missy received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and her Master of Education Degree in Counseling and Higher Education from the University of Arkansas. She attended Georgia Tech earning her certificates to teach biology and chemistry. She is both a Certified Educational Planner and a Licensed Professional Counselor for the state of Georgia. She has been married for 43 years and has two grown children.
Missy Sanchez CEP, LPC's Expert Answers
No. Students need to be aware that their grades and coursework in grades 9-12 are considered in college admissions. An “A” made in the 9th grade counts the same amount as an “A” made in the 12th grade; conversely, a “D” made in the 9th grade counts the same amount as a “D” made in the 12th grade.