September 26, 2019

SEC College Tour Visits Counselors in the Southwest

Representatives from each SEC university meet with local counselors each fall.
Representatives from each SEC university meet with local counselors each fall.

By: SEC Staff
SECU (Twitter: @TheSECU)

The 2019 Fall SEC College Tour recently wrapped up, after making three stops in the American Southwest. Approximately 100 school counselors – some of whom are SEC alumni – attended events in Las Vegas, NV, Chandler, AZ, and Phoenix, AZ.

The SEC College Tour, now in its 12th year, has been a valuable resource for counselors (and students) outside of the Southeast to learn about SEC universities from Conference enrollment and admissions professionals. This year’s tour, planned by Vanderbilt University, provided breakfast or lunch, alongside roundtable discussions, and university presentations.

“The tour has proven to be an excellent way to extend our already robust outreach efforts to even more high school counselors, and traveling together with our colleagues from around the SEC adds even more value to the professionals who attend these events,” said John Gaines, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Vanderbilt University.

Each tour stop began with a roll call, during which SEC representatives shared the histories and traditions of their university and taught counselors their rally cry. After the cheers, each representative had three minutes to highlight the university and provide important admissions information.

“I think we got a good sense of the cultures of each of the institutions today. It’s great to be able to relay what we learned about the campus vibes and the academic programs to students if they aren’t able to visit themselves,” said Meg Hathaway, a counselor at Phoenix Country Day School.

The SEC College Tour is one of several programs designed by the Southeastern Conference to showcase the range of accomplishments of SEC students, faculty and administrators. Dates and locations for the Spring SEC College Tour are to be announced.