College Visit Day 2014

December 16, 2014

On November 13, UB juniors and seniors paid a visit to the Quad Cities for the annual College Visit Day, braving the frosty weather to explore the campuses of Augustana College and St. Ambrose University.

The first stop was a walking tour and admissions presentation at Augustana, a private four-year undergraduate college of approximately 2,500 students in Rock Island, Illinois.

UB students toured Augustana’s newly renovated dining and student commons facilities and got an insider’s peek at the dorms and classroom buildings while students were away on fall break.

“I liked the marble inside of the [Old Main] building at Augustana, because it looked very presentable and official”, said Alondra Solis, a junior at City High in Iowa City. “I also like that Augustana’s campus is so close to downtown [Moline].”

Downtown Moline was the second stop of the day, where the group escaped the cold with a delicious meal of Mexican food and ice cream sundaes before heading to St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA.

St. Ambrose, a private four-year university of about 2,700 undergraduates and 800 graduate students, hosted a campus tour and presentation. To finish the day, UB participants had the opportunity to hear from a student panel of three current St. Ambrose undergraduates, who shared the experiences and campus events that make their school both welcoming and unique.

“I liked the idea of Grocery Bingo at St. Ambrose,” Alondra said. “When I talked with my coworkers [at Iowa Book in Iowa City], they said that they didn’t have groceries for Thanksgiving and Burge [dining hall] is closed for the holiday. Having free groceries would be great for students.”

UB students left the College Visit Day with a better understanding of their own college preferences.

“My advice to other students would be to go to as many colleges as you can,” said Alondra. “Even though I don’t want to go to either of the schools we visited, it helped me feel more confident about my decision to go to the University of Iowa. College visits can help you make your decision and weigh your options.”

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