Nothing beats visiting a campus in person—seeing the grounds, the buildings, and the student and faculty interactions, eating in a dining hall, sitting in a classroom, exploring the residential options, and getting a real sense of what spending four years there might be like for you. The College Board provides a Campus Visit Checklist of what to explore and ask. Click here for our OnToCollege suggestions.

But sometimes, a live visit and interview aren’t always possible due to time, travel, or cost limitations. While not a replacement for a true visit, conversations with college reps and virtual campus tours can help narrow your college list, or supplement your research until you’re able to visit.

College Representative Visits

Many colleges will send admissions representatives to high schools to meet with interested students in small groups. These reps provide a personal contact at the school, share program-specific details and even give advice on admissions and/or scholarships. Check with your school counselor for a calendar of visits to your school—you’ll usually need to pre-register to attend. Bring a list of questions with you—here’s a starter list.


Virtual Campus Tours

  • Many colleges now offer their own virtual campus tours, including interactive maps and other tools. Most have a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, etc. , including postings by campus organizations, teams, student government, and more. Some academic departments (generally larger schools) have their own websites and social media. Some schools include virtual tours of residence halls, suites, and other housing options. You can also look for the school newspaper and alumni association’s online presence.
  • CampusReel includes more than 17,000 videos, tours, and commentary from student ambassadors from more than 35 colleges and universities, videos that have been vetted for viewing by prospective students. You can select schools by size, location, rating, region, or an interactive map.
  • includes 360° tours of 1,300+ colleges, searchable by region/state/setting, type of school, programs, admissions, and/or tuition costs.
  • YouVisit includes 600+ colleges and can be filtered by state, public/private, campus setting, enrollment, and/or tuition costs. Colleges can be viewed as a 360° experience or with a virtual reality headset.

It’s always best to put feet on campus before making a final decision, but all of these options can help you save time and money (and keep you from missing high school classes!) while you narrow your list of choices.

Choose The Right College

Tips from John Baylor to help you make sure you are making the best choices for yourself and your family.

Start checking out colleges around your area.  Virtual tours of college campuses, adminissions email, college website link available for colleges for 37 colleges including some in Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, Wyoming, and Colorado

Want to learn more about the college?  Do you want to find out how much your ACT scores and GPA are worth?  Check out this site to find about more.    College Navigator

DUAL CREDIT CLASSES – You must fill out a Transcript Request Form from Metro (English Comp, Spanish, Advance Biology)  in order to receive college credit at the college you plan to attend.  

          MCC Transfer Request Form                           

Only YOU can sign the form. YOU must send it to the college you will be attending. You will not receive college credit if you don’t do it.
The Request From may be sent after June 1. It takes time for grades to be processed.

Future Educator?
To be admitted to a Nebraska teacher preparation program, candidates must take and pass the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators – a basic skills test that measures reading, writing, and math skills to determine a candidate’s readiness to enter a teacher education program.
With that in mind, I am asking those students who are considering teaching as a career to take the Praxis® Core test in their junior or senior year.
Praxis® results are good for 5 years!
Information about the Praxis® Core test can be found at:
Dates, times and testing center locations can be found at:
For information about Nebraska’s certification and requirements, visit:
You may also contact Mrs. Hanel if  you have questions.




Transfer Nebraska provides students with a transparent and effective process for determining transfer credits. There are over 228,000 course equivalencies among the 16 Nebraska public colleges, community colleges, universities and several private colleges.  Most General Education courses are included.

One of the most significant advantages of Transfer Nebraska is that students, parents and counselors can determine if and  how dual credit courses transfer.  Visit to learn more.

Do you want to know how many of your credits will transfer to a college out of state?  Use the new tool
    It is FREE to use.  Set up an account, fill in the information for the college classes that you have taken and find out the percentage of the classes that will transfer to a different financial institution.

College Application

Does your college request an application fee? Once you apply, is there an interview requirement? Do you have to submit an essay when applying for admission? is a recommendation letter or personal statement required?
ll of these questions can be answered by viewing the ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS document at the bottom of this page. **This list only provides admissions information for Nebraska schools.