New England has some of the most beautiful colleges campuses in the country and Massachusetts schools are no exception. There are so many, in fact, and so many we’d like to see that it’s overwhelming.
Let’s continue the College Search series with some feedback on a Massachusetts college visit and a tip on the best place to view virtual tours of just about any college.
A quick note first… if I receive more feedback about a college I’ve already posted about, I’ll go back and edit the post to include the new information, so be sure to check out these earlier posts too:
COLLEGE TIP: The Best Place to View a Virtual Tour
In my last post, I told you about a few online websites and the book, the Fiske Guide to Colleges (affiliate link) to begin your college search. Today, I want to share with you the best way I’ve found to take a virtual tour of just about any college.
I don’t know about you, but I like to view pictures of a college campus before I decide to visit it. It helps me get a feel for the college, the setting, the style. I think it’s important that a student really like the campus they choose – after all, they’ll be living there for four years!
If you go onto the website of any college, you can find a virtual tour – a video or a series of photos that “walk you around” the campus. These virtual tours are helpful; but not all colleges have them and because each of their websites is designed differently it can take some digging to locate the tour – and that means time!
I’ve actually found that YouTube is the best place to view virtual tours of colleges. Go to YouTube.com and in the search bar type in the name of any college plus the word “tour”. “Harvard University tour”, “Bowdoin College tour”, etc. You’ll immediately find several videos made by both the college itself and individuals recording video of themselves walking around campus.
Further, if you want to know more about the area surrounding the school, search the school name plus “aerial view”. An aerial view of the few miles surrounding the campus will give you a very good idea of what life is like just outside the campus walls.
If your student prefers to be in a rural or suburban setting, you’ll be able to see exactly how populated the area surrounding the campus is. Likewise, if they prefer a college near the ocean, you’ll see how close to the water the school really is.
Yes, YouTube has become one of my favorite college search sites.
COLLEGE ROAD TRIPS: Endicott College
ENDICOTT COLLEGE: A private school in Beverly, MA. About 3,000 students made up of of 62% women and 38% men. 53% of the classes have fewer than 20 students; 47% have 20-49 (source: US News & World Report).
This was one of the schools we visited ourselves. Here are my own observations…
A beautiful school set on a small hill just across the street from the Atlantic Ocean. The campus is small to mid-sized but compact which made everything within easy walking distance.
The Endicott buildings are mostly two and three-story red, brick. Two small ponds are the center landscape to the campus. According to our guide, the second pond (which looks to be more of a very shallow, manmade fountain) becomes a skating rink in the winter months where students enjoy playing hockey. In the summer, he said students enjoy Endicott’s three beaches located just across the street.
The two-person freshman dorms were some of the nicest and largest rooms I’ve seen so far. Most of the upperclassman apartments seemed to be condo-style buildings. The residence halls were located very close to the education buildings, as was the sports complex and sports fields so I imagine their Division III events are very much a part of the social life on campus. The sports complex was very nice.
The design of the classrooms in the business building was unique from others we’ve seen so far. Classrooms were set up more for group work and discussion; some with semi-circle tables around a monitor where students could display their projects on the screen for all to discuss. The science labs were large and impressive.
I liked that Endicott offered many different areas of study – from nursing and education to business and liberal arts. A business student could take graphic or interior design classes allowing students to explore different careers.
Endicott requires every student to do three internships. The first two are done during either winter or summer breaks and the third is done during one of their senior semesters.
Beverly is a small, safe, residential town with small-town shopping, but is just a 10 minute drive to one of the largest and nicest shopping malls in Massachusetts. The largest nearby city is Boston which is easily accessible by commuter train. Our tour guide said the college has a shuttle service to the train station.
Yes, we liked Endicott College very much.
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