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The purpose of a college visit is to get a first-hand look and feel of the campus to determine whether or not it is a good fit for you. Ideally, that decision is yours alone to make. You do not want anybody else, not even your parents, to make that final decision for you.

However, even though you do not want your parents to make the final decision, it is a good idea to have them around during a college visit. You won’t find anyone better than your parents when you are looking to get an objective second opinion on something. There is so much going on during a campus visit, they may notice something that you have missed.

The best way to handle this is to do campus visits along with your parents but once you are at the venue, you go off on your own. This allows you to see things through your own eyes and form your own opinions without getting influenced by your parents’ thoughts and opinions. At the same time, you know you can regroup after the campus tour and have a discussion with them about whether or not the college seemed to be a good fit.

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