Spend the Summer in the West with the Academy


San Diego day city view. Photo courtesy of Flickr

Many students at the Academy are often bombarded with emails from College Counselor Randy Fong about upcoming college tours for the school year. Although school will not be in session, this summer is no exception. The first college tour of 2018 held from July 21 through July 26  is open to students in grades eight through 11.This year, students have the opportunity to visit colleges in the San Diego and Los Angeles areas. As an added incentive, students will also be provided a Disneyland two-park pass.

The colleges visited during the tour include Loyola Marymount University, University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles, Chapman University, Santa Monica College, Concordia University-Irvine, University of San Diego, San Diego State University, Point Loma Nazarene University, and Whittier College.

“The benefit of college tours is that students have a chance to see the college in person and have (the) opportunity to meet the admission office (and) talk to students (currently) in college, ” Fong said. “They can look around the surrounding area of a college and get personal information, which is more than a booklet can show.”

In the future, Fong looks forward to having a college tour on the east coast for colleges in New York and Boston. The only drawback for an East Coast college tour is the travel cost as it is more expensive than West Coast tours.

The cost of the Summer College Tour is $1,995, which includes, airfare, ground transportation, housing, breakfast, and lunch, as well as the Disneyland passes. Students are also encouraged to bring money for spending as they will be able to go shopping at local shopping outlets.