Welcome to College Unveils the Ultimate College Visit Road Trip

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Welcome to College is a free user driven Web application focused on the college visit. We're taking our research on the road, gathering information and evaluating colleges to help high school students find the best place to hit the books.

Marv - Mobile Automated Research Vehicle

Through his interactive abilities, both on campus and online, Marv will change the dynamics of the college visit process—he wants to up the fun!

As high school seniors receive their diplomas and juniors plan their college visits, campuses across the nation are humming with potential and incoming students. Welcome to College, a free user-driven web application, is also fueling up for a busy summer as it launches its first national marketing campaign: a tour of some top college rivalries to illustrate the college visit process.

The leader of this campaign is a mobile automated research vehicle known as Marv. Alongside four University of Dayton graduates, Marv will visit fourteen of twenty-eight prospective schools. While on campus, Marv will collect research necessary to any college visit and interact with students, faculty, and administration. As they travel from school to school, the Welcome to College team will upload videos, images, and stories to Marv’s blog, will launch on Wednesday, June 1st.

“He is the superhero of college visits,” said Justin Bayer, founder and CEO of Welcome to College. “His mission is to help students in making one of the most important and exciting decisions of their lives.”

“Choosing a college can be an intimidating process,” said Bayer. “Through his interactive abilities, both on campus and online, Marv will change the dynamics of the college visit process—he wants to up the fun!”

Before the road tour commences on June 1st, Marv must pick which schools he will visit. This is where you come in. Welcome to College has constructed a voting process for all to participate in deciding where Marv will go. And to voters from the high school classes of 2011-2015, you could win a $2,500 scholarship applicable to anything college or college visit related.

Ohio State or Michigan, Harvard or Yale, Stanford or California: these are only a few of the choices in Marv’s month-long venture. Will Marv visit your school? You decide.

To see a list of dates and potential schools, please visit marv.welcometocollege.com.

Welcome to College is a one-stop shop for the college visit experience. Operating out of Dayton, Ohio, this web-based application not only simplifies the visit process, it helps students and parents connect with the colleges and universities that are right for them.


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