I am delighted to announce Franklin Academy’s ninth annual Fall College Tour, coinciding with our mid-autumn break during Columbus Day Week (October 7 to 15). I recommend this experience for our juniors, seniors, and postgraduates as they consider their range of college options.

This year’s trip itinerary includes twelve colleges and universities, representing a wide range of post-secondary opportunities. We return to such Franklin college favorites as Hampshire, Landmark, Bennington, Hartwick, and Bard. To provide contrast, we will visit the following universities: Wesleyan, UVM, Clarkson, St. Lawrence, Syracuse, and Colgate. The trip includes a tremendous residential support program in Burlington, Vermont – Mansfield Hall. For the first time, we are venturing into Canada to visit Concordia University in Montreal and maybe McGill University, if time permits. Other destinations include Fort Ticonderoga, Old Town Montreal, and Cooperstown’s Baseball Hall of Fame.

In anticipation of a tour group numbering four Franklin Academy faculty and fourteen students, I have reserved a block of ten double-occupancy rooms at hotels on our travels through Massachusetts, Vermont, Canada, and New York. Joining me on this tour are the following colleagues: Caitlin McDonald, Owls Counselor; James Turner, Communication Department Head; and Josh Weissbach, Cranes Residential Dean. We will be traveling in Franklin Academy SUVs. Breakfast each morning will be at the hotel. Whenever possible, we will eat lunch on a college campus. Dinners will be a special treat at upscale restaurants carefully vetted by Josh and James, our food connoisseurs.

Click here to review the trip itinerary. Click here for a list of colleges and universities we have visited over nine years. Finally, click here to view our college tour video from the first year, capturing the essence of this school tradition. 

PS:  Franklin Academy students and faculty pose for a photo after visiting Ursinus College last October.