Some Colleges Show Prospective Students Around Town, Too

From The Chronicle of Higher Education:

In a new article on campus tours, I describe how more colleges are using vans, trams, and golf carts to whisk families from one end of the campus to the other. On the all-important tour, a set of wheels can save time and keep parents from getting too hot, cold, or tired from all that walking.

The vehicles are symbols of the continuing building boom, a.k.a. the amenities race. For better or worse, there’s a lot more stuff to show off these days. (You’ve just got to see the amazing William Howard Taft Recreation & Leisure Center, with its leather recliners, and our new LEED-certified penguin preserve!)

Anyway, while reporting that story, I heard a lot about another wrinkle: showing prospective students the town in which they might end up living. It’s an essential aspect of recruitment, some admissions officers say.

Read the full post here.

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