Are Online College Search Tools Impacting the Need for College Visits?

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Prospective college students still see visits as a top influencer in their college searches, says a new study from Cappex.com.

Cappex.com chart: Most influential resources to help students get a feel for colleges

Being on campus and getting a real feel for a school can help students make decisions about a school in a way nothing else can.

With all the attention focused on the Web these days, just how do students view the impact of college visits? To find out, Cappex.com surveyed more than 1,100 high school seniors who had just gone through the college search process. Students were asked about what helped introduce them to college options, what helped them get a feel for colleges and what resources helped them narrow down their choices.

Students overwhelmingly reported that they see college visits as extremely important, and college visits significantly outweigh online and other resources.

  •     76% of students say that visits to colleges were a top influential factor in helping them get a feel for college options
  •     Online tools such as colleges' own websites and college search sites rank lower with 54% and 29% reporting those as top influencers
  •     Parents continue to play an important role in narrowing down colleges, and 36% of students surveyed said they were a top factor

“College visits are one of the most important things that students can do during the college search process,” said Chris Long, president of Cappex.com. “Being on campus and getting a real feel for a school can help students make decisions about a school in a way nothing else can.”

Find the complete study at the Cappex blog.

About Cappex.com
Cappex.com is a comprehensive college search and scholarship portal that helps students and parents make college decisions. In addition to comprehensive college profiles with student reviews and college admission prediction tools like the 'What Are My Chances' Calculator, Cappex.com allows parents and students to search $11 billion dollars in merit scholarships offered by thousands of colleges across the U.S. With more than 2 million student users, Cappex.com is the trusted source to help students find their ideal college fit.

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