Fly-Ins for Counselors

College Tours for Counselors

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(organized alphabetically by city, state, or region served)

All the credit for this list goes to the folks at! I'm just reposting it here in case it should get moved or should disappear.

California "Decemberfest" - Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Scripps, Pitzer, Pomona, Occidental, Cal Tech, Redlands, Whittier

Here's what a former coordinator said about the participant selection process:
"There are some specific rules regarding who can be invited and why. Each year the nine sponsoring colleges issue invitations to about 80 counselors from across the country. Because there are nine colleges involved in the program, there must be some general agreement about who to invite -- we hash this out at a meeting in the spring each year (so by mid-May, invitations for the upcoming December have already been issued). Finally, one of program rules states that each counselor must have met (in person) a representative from one of the sponsoring colleges. This is meant to help ensure a good group dynamic. Short answer: a committee of folks from all nine colleges is responsible for issuing invitations."

California - different schools each summer, through WACAC:

Chicago - Lake Forest, Northwestern, U of Chicago

Florida - Sunshine Tour (February) Private Colleges and Universities of Florida (Barry University, Embry-Riddle, Flagler, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida Southern, Jacksonville University, Johnson and Wales, Lynn University, Northwood University, Nova Southeastern, Ringling School of Art and Design, Rollins, Saint Leo, Stetson University and University of Tampa)

Florida - tour especially for international counselors - Florida Institute of Technology, Rollins, University of Tampa, Stetson and Eckerd

Georgia - "Peachtree Tour" - Agnes Scott, Emory & Oxford colleges of Emory, Georgia Institute of Technology, Oglethorpe University -

Iowa -

Bus Tours:
Plane o'Fun:


Maine - "BBC Tour" - Bates, Bowdoin, & Colby -

Maine - Pine Tree Admission Consortium Tour - UMaine Farmington, Maine College of Art, Bridgton Academy, Saint Joseph's College, UMaine Orono, Southern Maine CC, USM, UNE

Maryland - Goucher, St. Johns, Washington, Johns Hopkins, C of Notre Dame, MIA, Loyola, Hood, Mt.St. Mary’s, Western Maryland, Villa Julie


Express interest in the following tours at

BEANS - Bentley University, Emerson College, Simmons College, Clark University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute
MOW - MIT, Olin College of Engineering, and WPI
WACT - Assumption College, Becker College, Anna Maria College, Clark University, Holy Cross, Worcester State College, and WPI
PIKE TOUR -Babson College, College of the Holy Cross, Emerson College and WPI

Every year, Five Colleges brings together 55 high school counselors from around the country to experience our campuses firsthand through student-led tours and presentations by the admissions directors :Mount Holyoke Counselor, Amherst, Smith, U. Mass and Hampshire

Colleges of the Fenway - - Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Simmons College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Wheelock College

Massachusetts & Connecticut - Trinity, Connecticut, WPI, Holy Cross

New England Sampler Tour - Wheaton College, Emerson College, Providence College -

North Carolina - Catawba College -

Minnesota - Macalester, St. Olaf, Carleton

Montana Bus Tour - - University of Montana, Carroll College, Montana Tech, Montana State

New Jersey Summer Tour (organized by NJ School Couns. Association; destinations change each summer):

Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of NJ:

New Hampshire College and University Council - - Chester College of New England, Colby-Sawyer College, Dartmouth College, Franklin Pierce University, Keene State College, New England College, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Plymouth State University, Rivier College, Saint Anselm College, Southern New Hampshire University and the University of New Hampshire

New Mexico Counselor Tour - St. John’s College, New Mexico Institute of Mining, Inst of American Indian Art

New York -

Finger Lakes Tour (Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Syracuse University, University of Rochester, and Ithaca College):

Mid-Hudson Valley College Tour - West Point, Marist, Culinary Institute, Vassar -

Colleges of Rochester Tour (Alfred University, Geneseo, Nazareth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the University of Rochester):

Upstate NY: SUCH (Skidmore, Union, Colgate, Hamilton): invite only

Another Upstate NY tour is coordinated by RIT (Union, RPI, Syracuse, Ithaca, RIT, & Rochester); go here to add your name to the "please consider inviting me" list:

Western New York Consortium of Higher Education: (Additional information about the consortium is available at

North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities - 3 different routes, one each year - Eastern, Central, and Western - approx 13-15 colleges per tour -

Ohio - "Heart of Ohio" - Antioch, Case-Western, John Carroll, Kent State, Marietta, Otterbein, Ohio University

Ohio - Denison, Kenyon, Oberlin, Wooster, Wittenberg

Pacific Northwest - Lewis & Clark, Reed, Willamette, University of Puget Sound, Whitman

Pacific Northwest ACAC (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska) PNACAC Summer College Tour - - The tour moves around the PNACAC region on a 3 year rotation.

July 2015 Tour will travel to colleges in Eastern Washington, Idaho, and Montana.

July 2016 The tour will return to Western Oregon.

Pennsylvania - Lehigh Valley - Lafayette, Lehigh, Muhlenberg, Moravian, Allentown

Central Pennsylvania Consortium - Dickinson, Gettysburg, Franklin and Marshall

Pennsylvania - "Taste of the Triangle" - Allegheny, Carnegie Mellon, Case Western Reserve

Philadelphia Association of Catholic Colleges - Cabrini College, Chestnut Hill College, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Holy Family University , Immaculata University, La Salle University, Manor College, Neumann University, Rosemont College, Saint Joseph’s University, Villanova University

Pennsylvania Liberal Arts College Tour - Albright, Elizabethtown, Juniata, Lebanon Valley, Lycoming, Messiah -

Rhode Island -

Southeast"Sweet Tea" Tour (coordinated by SACAC) -

Texas: "Magic in the Metroplex" (SMU, Austin College, University of Dallas and TCU)

Consortium of Vermont Colleges:


Virginia Private Colleges Tour -

COWS - counselors observing Wisconsin schools - tour (Beloit, Ripon, Lawrence, U of Wisconsin, Marquette)

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