College Scholarship Offered for Campus Visit Reports

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College Confidential, the busiest online college admissions community, is offering a $1,000 scholarship to encourage students and parents who go on campus visits to report their findings in the site's College Visits section. CC's College Visit Section is organized by school and lets readers peruse remarks on topics such as dormitories, campus maintenance, friendliness of students, etc.

In addition, visits are often short and can be influenced by a single factor like an extremely good or bad college tour guide. Even students who have visited a college campus once can benefit from reading the experiences of others.

College Confidential, the largest online college admissions community, is offering a $1,000 scholarship to encourage students and parents who go on campus visits to report their findings in the site's College Visits section.

"Every summer, thousands of students and parents visit college campuses to see the schools first hand. We want to encourage them to share their experiences with other students, who may not be able to visit every college of interest because of financial limits or time constraints," says CC co-founder Dave Berry, college book author and the college consultant who heads up the firm's college counseling division. "In addition, visits are often short and can be influenced by a single factor like an extremely good or bad college tour guide. Even students who have visited a college campus once can benefit from reading the experiences of others."

College Confidential co-founder and community architect Roger Dooley notes that, in the site's busy discussion forum, comments and questions about college visits were among the most popular posts. These were often hard to find among literally millions of other posts. The solution, according to Dooley, was to create a structured area that would let both members and visitors browse all of the reports for individual colleges, and even view ratings on student friendliness, campus cleanliness, and overall campus appearance.

Dooley explains, "A typical College Confidential school-visits home page, like the Columbia University visits page (http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/visits/columbia-university) summarizes all of the visit data for that school, including simple star ratings for each category. The interested visitor can also reach a member's entire report on that school, or a summary of the comments on a specific area, like impressions of the dormitories."

One of College Confidential's most popular site features is its Ask the Dean college advice column. Sally Rubenstone, college book author and Senior College Counselor, writes most of the Ask the Dean responses and as a result has an understanding of college admissions angst.

"Choosing a college can be very difficult, and one of the ways to make the process easier is to get to know each school better. Compiling thousands of college visit reports in an organized and accessible manner is one way to help students get to know those schools," Rubenstone says.

Becoming a member of the College Confidential community is free; members can participate in the hundreds of different forums related to college search, college admissions, financial aid, SAT prep, and much more. The site has hundreds of forums for individual colleges - the Ivy League schools garner the most posts, but public college forums like the University of California campuses also are busy.

Visit reports submitted up to August 31, 2007 will be considered for the scholarship. Parents of students can also submit visit reports, with any award going to the student. A selection of the reports submitted will be reviewed for quality, with one report being randomly chosen from the final group as the scholarship winner, with other finalists receiving College Confidential wearables. Full details are at http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/showthread.php?t=357313

College Confidential was founded in 2001 as an online resource for college-bound students and their parents. Today, the site includes features like an Academic Index calculator, and EFC calculator, and the very popular discussion community. The site generates more than ten million pageviews per month, and has been featured on the Today Show, in the New York Times, and dozens of other media outlets.

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