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When is the latest that universities usually allow tours?

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I have been slacking and have only visited ONE of the universities I applied to, and now that I only have around two months to decide and still have no idea where I want to go, I need to do some tours. But since schools usually are finished around late April/early May, will I be able to go after that? Or will I have to go this month? Because I usually work weekends and don't know if I can book off in time! The three that I need to visit are Western, Laurier and uOttawa.
Thanks if you guys can help :)
(PS sorry if this is in the wrong section, I really don't know where else to post it lol)
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I know Laurier you can book a private tour, or you can show up at the Alumni House and do a walking tour by yourself. Just check out their websites, or if not e-mail/call them. They're usually very helpful about it.
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Don't tour schools. You gain the same information as if you looked online. I toured 6 or 7 schools last year. Biggest waste of my time. You have to pay for gas, accomodations, book time off work, etc. After the 2nd or 3rd school, you get really bored and depressed, cuz you realized you just screwed yourself over and can't make up your mind since they all seem just as good as the others.
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@TheMetroidPhysicist wrote
Don't tour schools. You gain the same information as if you looked online. I toured 6 or 7 schools last year. Biggest waste of my time. You have to pay for gas, accomodations, book time off work, etc. After the 2nd or 3rd school, you get really bored and depressed, cuz you realized you just screwed yourself over and can't make up your mind since they all seem just as good as the others.


What are you talking about... I went to queens today and am going to mcmaster tomorrow. My tour has been infinitely useful. Not only have I debunked a few stupid myths, I developed an understanding of the campus atmosphere that you cant exactly read online.

I think most school tours end April. I got screwed over by not realizing this, hence why I'm flying across the country at the most random time.
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I did a bunch last summer... Normally the times aren't as flexible, but if you call them up, I'm sure they can arrange something! You're not going to be the only one who hasn't toured yet
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Laurier's still got tours going, you can book them online I think
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@andrewk512 wrote

@TheMetroidPhysicist wrote
Don't tour schools. You gain the same information as if you looked online. I toured 6 or 7 schools last year. Biggest waste of my time. You have to pay for gas, accomodations, book time off work, etc. After the 2nd or 3rd school, you get really bored and depressed, cuz you realized you just screwed yourself over and can't make up your mind since they all seem just as good as the others.


What are you talking about... I went to queens today and am going to mcmaster tomorrow. My tour has been infinitely useful. Not only have I debunked a few stupid myths, I developed an understanding of the campus atmosphere that you cant exactly read online.

I think most school tours end April. I got screwed over by not realizing this, hence why I'm flying across the country at the most random time.


You're better off listening to me, since I've been through the application process and you haven't.
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That's hardly a valid counter argument...
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@andrewk512 wrote
That's hardly a valid counter argument...


Why?
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Go. What you see on the virtual tours is nowhere near as accurate as what you see in person, especially for Mac.
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@andrewk512 wrote

@TheMetroidPhysicist wrote
Don't tour schools. You gain the same information as if you looked online. I toured 6 or 7 schools last year. Biggest waste of my time. You have to pay for gas, accomodations, book time off work, etc. After the 2nd or 3rd school, you get really bored and depressed, cuz you realized you just screwed yourself over and can't make up your mind since they all seem just as good as the others.


What are you talking about... I went to queens today and am going to mcmaster tomorrow. My tour has been infinitely useful. Not only have I debunked a few stupid myths, I developed an understanding of the campus atmosphere that you cant exactly read online.


I agree. Telling someone not to tour a prospective uni is like telling someone not to look at a house before buying it. University is an investment, of time, money, and effort. It's not just a choice you make half-heartedly because of what someone tells you on a forum. I know my tours made a significant impact on my impressions of the schools I applied to. Seeing it in person is incomparable to just reading about it.
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@Zion wrote

@andrewk512 wrote

@TheMetroidPhysicist wrote
Don't tour schools. You gain the same information as if you looked online. I toured 6 or 7 schools last year. Biggest waste of my time. You have to pay for gas, accomodations, book time off work, etc. After the 2nd or 3rd school, you get really bored and depressed, cuz you realized you just screwed yourself over and can't make up your mind since they all seem just as good as the others.


What are you talking about... I went to queens today and am going to mcmaster tomorrow. My tour has been infinitely useful. Not only have I debunked a few stupid myths, I developed an understanding of the campus atmosphere that you cant exactly read online.


I agree. Telling someone not to tour a prospective uni is like telling someone not to look at a house before buying it. University is an investment, of time, money, and effort. It's not just a choice you make half-heartedly because of what someone tells you on a forum. I know my tours made a significant impact on my impressions of the schools I applied to. Seeing it in person is incomparable to just reading about it.



^this.
Touring the universities made my decision 100x easier to make. When you're at the "right school" something just clicks. You have to get a feel for the atmosphere, pictures are not the same.
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I called Western today, they don't do guided campus tours for the rest of this semester (none in May or June). This is probably the case with many universities since students are now studying for finals and getting jobs for the summer. Hope this helps in your planning!
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@mm11 wrote
I called Western today, they don't do guided campus tours for the rest of this semester (none in May or June). This is probably the case with many universities since students are now studying for finals and getting jobs for the summer. Hope this helps in your planning!


do what i did and just tour yourself. Do you really need someone to hold your hand around the campus?
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@TheMetroidPhysicist wrote

@mm11 wrote
I called Western today, they don't do guided campus tours for the rest of this semester (none in May or June). This is probably the case with many universities since students are now studying for finals and getting jobs for the summer. Hope this helps in your planning!


do what i did and just tour yourself. Do you really need someone to hold your hand around the campus?


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@g93 wrote

@TheMetroidPhysicist wrote

@mm11 wrote
I called Western today, they don't do guided campus tours for the rest of this semester (none in May or June). This is probably the case with many universities since students are now studying for finals and getting jobs for the summer. Hope this helps in your planning!


do what i did and just tour yourself. Do you really need someone to hold your hand around the campus?


+ 1


Finally, someone who gave me a thumbs up! Thank-you good sir!
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@TheMetroidPhysicist wrote

@mm11 wrote
I called Western today, they don't do guided campus tours for the rest of this semester (none in May or June). This is probably the case with many universities since students are now studying for finals and getting jobs for the summer. Hope this helps in your planning!


do what i did and just tour yourself. Do you really need someone to hold your hand around the campus?



Nyet.

You need someone to guide you around the campus, if only to gain access to restricted buildings and rooms. Do you honestly think they'll let anyone waltz into a dorm unescorted?
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Alright thanks guys! :D I booked a tour online for Laurier and I guess I'll just have to make do without visiting Western (if I end up getting in haha)... I can't see any of the residences for Laurier though so I'll have to just get a feel for the campus and hope that the residences are just as good..
Between that and my little tour that my friend gave me of Ottawa I will hopefully be able to make a decision :/
Anyways you guys are all helpful thank you!
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@Zion wrote

@andrewk512 wrote

@TheMetroidPhysicist wrote
Don't tour schools. You gain the same information as if you looked online. I toured 6 or 7 schools last year. Biggest waste of my time. You have to pay for gas, accomodations, book time off work, etc. After the 2nd or 3rd school, you get really bored and depressed, cuz you realized you just screwed yourself over and can't make up your mind since they all seem just as good as the others.


What are you talking about... I went to queens today and am going to mcmaster tomorrow. My tour has been infinitely useful. Not only have I debunked a few stupid myths, I developed an understanding of the campus atmosphere that you cant exactly read online.


I agree. Telling someone not to tour a prospective uni is like telling someone not to look at a house before buying it. University is an investment, of time, money, and effort. It's not just a choice you make half-heartedly because of what someone tells you on a forum. I know my tours made a significant impact on my impressions of the schools I applied to. Seeing it in person is incomparable to just reading about it.



+1000000000
Nice comparison!
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