Class 101 recommends visiting ten colleges.
I know, that’s a lot. I can hear you now, “Kathy, I barely have time to take ONE trip a year, let alone, visit ten colleges!” We won’t even talk about the expense involved. However, your child selecting a college is one of the largest financial investments you will make. You want it to be the right fit. Think about when you buy a home. The pictures are great, but nothing compares to driving the neighborhood, stepping foot inside the home. The sights. The smells. You can then really visualize yourself living there.
One way to start exploring different types of colleges without breaking the bank is to tour the numerous schools we have in our own backyard. Below is a list of colleges that will give you a flavor for different types of schools. So, pack a lunch and take a day trip.
The University of Houston will give you a feel for a large state school in an urban environment. This school is rich in diversity with strong academics, emphasis on research, and big-time athletics.
Rice University is the closest to an Ivy League that we have in Texas. Known as the “Harvard of the South,” this private university will give you a feel for a competitive school with top-notch science and liberal arts programs.
Houston Baptist University is a private faith-based liberal arts school. HBU’s 2,300 undergraduate students enjoy an intimate environment while being exposed to a Christian foundation and a focus on service.
St. Thomas University is a small Catholic college rich in tradition and a focus on ethics. This visit will give you a feel for a college campus with a smaller population than most of the high schools in our area.
Prairie View A&M is a mid-sized public institution about 45 min outside of Cypress. As a historically black college, Prairie View A&M is committed to honoring tradition and their goal is to ignite your passion.
Texas A&M University is about an hour-long drive from Cypress. TAMU is one of the local favorites. This large public university will expose you to a school in a college town that runs deep with tradition and school spirit. Students have the opportunity to join one of the largest collegiate families with an undergraduate student body of over 45, 000.
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Kathy Jones is a professional Class 101 College Advisor. Class 101 guides you and your college-bound student through the complex steps leading to university admission. Follow Kathy on Instagram @class101cypress and LIKE on Facebook.
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