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 29, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Pre-departure student and parent meeting
Tuesday, June 11 through Friday, June 14, 2019
Tour schools such as Boston College, Brown University, Harvard University, Providence College, Trinity College, Tufts University, and the University of Delaware.
Friday, June 14, 2019
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
- Opportunities to interact with Gilman alumni in and around these college towns
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
$925. There is a $250 non-refundable deposit required.
Gilman offers financial aid for qualifying students.
- 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
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.