2018 Summer College Tours: Virginia and North Carolina

2018 College Tour

The college search process is an exciting, educational journey. College campuses are vibrant places where interesting scholars are busy doing important and fascinating work. To visit these places is to imagine oneself in the future, as "studying this" and "doing that" in a specific place and time. This act of imagination is buttressed by time for honest self reflection. Beyond all else, this journey allows students to consider big and abstract questions: Who am I? What do I want to study? Where do I want to be? Who do I want to become?

The mission of this tour is to help rising juniors and seniors navigate this journey by advising them as they start to make distinctions between their educational preferences and different "types" of schools. This begins, before the visit, with research. Before students board the bus, they will learn how to effectively research schools online. Students will then tour different kinds of schools in a variety of settings. Through the process of note taking and guided discussions, students will identify how a school's mission, culture, community, course curriculum, extracurricular life, and graduate outcomes fit with their burgeoning preferences.

In the end, visiting college campuses is fun and informative. By the end of the tour, students will have enjoyed time with their peers visiting schools that offer a variety of pathways for students to become, as Gilman's mission states, "men of character and integrity who have the skills and ability to make a positive contribution to the communities in which they live and work."


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Pre-departure student and parent meeting

Wednesday, June 13 to Saturday June 16, 2018

Tour schools such as Duke University, Elon University, University of North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest University, and Washington & Lee University*

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Return to Gilman School

An Educational Experience

  • "Living and Learning" preferences assessment
  • How to research schools online
  • School information sessions and tours
  • Post-visit debriefings: Tour handbook
  • Opportunities to interact with Gilman alumni in North Carolina

School Types

Students will visit "types" of schools in the following categories:

  • Large, midsize, small
  • Urban, suburban, rural
  • Private, public
  • Selectivity: most competitive, highly competitive plus, highly competitive
  • Undergraduate college, universities
  • Research, liberal arts


Gilman School offers financial aid for qualifying students. $925
$100 deposit required to hold a spot**

Cost Includes:
  • Gilman College Counselor chaperones
  • Transportation on a wi-fi enabled coach bus
  • Three night hotel accommodations including hot breakfast
  • Six college visits
  • Gilman travel backpacks
  • Snacks for the ride
  • One group dinner

2018 College Tour

Please feel free to email Matt Herman or Justin Baker with any questions.

The trip is limited to 30 students on a first come first served basis.

*Itinerary subject to change.

**Full trip balance due four (4) weeks prior to the start of the trip.
Please direct all questions to Matt Herman and Justin Baker.