Deans change spring college tour itinerary

Sara Segil

The school adjusted the annual spring break college tour itinerary, replacing the Southern college tour with a New England tour. The Midwestern tour, which is still available for students, has also been changed to now include Villanova Univeristy, Haverford University and the University of Pennsylvania.

The New England tour will visit a number of Boston area schools — including Emerson College, Boston University, Boston College and Brandeis University — as well as Amherst College, Dartmouth College, the University of Vermont, the University of Connecticut and Brown University.

The New England tour has not been offered for seven years, according to Upper School Dean Nia Kilgore. Kilgore said the tour will help broaden students’ horizons when considering colleges.

“We want to be able to see schools we’ve never seen before, and go back to ones we haven’t in a while,” Kilgore said. “All while trying to reach the goal of showing kids different types. New England has so many schools, from urban to rural, small to large that can show students the bigger picture.”

Kilgore said the change was instituted in part as a response to travel concerns so that Boston could be used as a hub for multiple nights, therefore reducing transportation time.

“The long drives on the Midwest tour were brutal for everyone, myself included,” Kilgore said. “Students will be able to spend more time on campuses, and less in transport.”

Savannah Mashian ’24 said she is excited to go on the modified Midwest tour during spring break.

“I’m really excited to go on the trip and get a better idea of schools I’m considering applying to,” Mashian said. “I’m particularly excited for the University of Michigan because I’ve heard so much about the campus but never been.”

Preston Yeh ’23, who went on the Midwest tour last year, said he wished the New England tour was made available when he was signing up for the college tour.

“My favorite stops were New York and D.C. since the city vibes were nice,” Yeh said. “I prefer the new itinerary, though, since a lot of the schools I applied to were in Boston, and there seems to be less driving on the new trip.”

Emily Malkan ’23, who went on the Midwest tour last year, said she appreciated the convenience of the school planning the complexities of traveling to various cities and states.

“Being able to go to that many states and cities in such a short amount of time is something I’ll probably never do again just because it’s so hard to plan,” Malkan said. “My favorite part was going to a different city everyday, or sometimes even three states in one day. A lot of people didn’t like the long bus rides, but I personally loved them because I got to just look out the window and look at the scenery.”

Malkan said though the tour didn’t solidify her college list, it allowed her to learn more about schools and get excited about the college process.

“I didn’t know what I wanted at all, so seeing a lot of different variety helped me realize what I wanted a little more,” Malkan said. “Though my list still changed for months after the college tour, so it just helped me get excited for college.”