Below are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers about our program.
Q: Who can apply to College Expedition USA?
A: We are looking for students (high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors) and mentors (college students with at least one year of college completed and young professionals) to apply to this program. Please note that high school seniors are only eligible for expeditions that occur in the fall.
Q: Can I apply to more than one expedition?
A: Yes, you can use a single application to select which expeditions you would like to attend!
Q: How much does this program cost?
A: The cost of the expeditions vary by city. See the attached documents below for the costs of each expedition.
Q: When do College Expedition USA 2017 Student & Mentor applications open?
A: Student applications are currently posted here and mentor applications are currently posted here. The deadlines for each expedition can be found on the application. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.
Q: How many mentors/students will be accepted to the program?
A: College Expedition USA will be accepting approximately 85 high school students and 17 mentors for each of the expeditions.
Q: How are students & mentors selected for the expeditions?
A: Candidates will indicate which expeditions they would like to be considered for. All applications undergo a blind review process, meaning that all biographical information is hidden. Three reviewers will grade the application based on answers to the essay questions. Ultimately, we are looking for students who are genuinely interested in visiting the schools on the expedition and are motivated to get the most value out of the trip. For mentors, we are looking for experience in advising students and a commitment to provide mentorship to students well beyond the expedition.
Q: Which schools will we be visiting?
A: The list of schools visited on each expedition can be found in the FAQ documents below.
Q: What type of activities will be planned for the trip?
A: The entire program is structured for high school students to learn about colleges and the college application process. We will be taking the group on college tours, attending college informational sessions and teaching students about the vital parts of the college application process (including but not limited to financial aid applications, the common app, essay writing, and teacher recommendations).
Q: What should I wear?
A: You should be dressed comfortably but presentably. We ask that you not wear shorts on the college tours or in Jamatkhana. Jeans are fine. Please be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes, as we will be walking A LOT.
Q: How much money should I bring?
A: See the FAQs below for what costs are covered in the fees and what you are expected to pay for on the expedition. You may also bring some money to purchase souvenirs if there's time on the trip!
Q: Should I bring my electronics (Laptop)?
A: You will most likely not have time to use a laptop; however, you are encouraged to bring your cell phone.
Q:Can I bring homework?
A: You can bring homework if you need to; however, keep in mind that we will constantly be on the go. You will have some time to relax and catch up, but only in short intervals.
Q: How will I get picked up from the airport?
A: Once you are accepted, information on pickups will be sent to you directly.
Q: What if my flight is delayed?
A: Don't worry, we will have someone with you every step of the way. If you are delayed, we will send a member of the program staff to pick you up as soon as possible. Please remember not to leave (and do not go outside) the airport until a College Expedition USA staff member arrives to escort you.