June 2019

Welcome to the halfway point of 2019 and of the quiet(er) summer months!

We were a sponsor at the CIVSA Annual Conference this year and hosted breakfasts to chat about the trends we are seeing on campuses and provide a space to share ideas between fellow campus visit personnel. During those breakfasts, we asked attendees to pick a song that encapsulates their current admission experience and compiled their choices into a playlist - find it on Spotify here!

“We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.”
— Jonathan Gottschall


Holovis: Personalization prevails

What do visitors want? Personalized information tailored to their interests, according to an Eduventures survey. Similarly, theme parks have noticed the desire for personalization and customization and are responding with more choose-your-own-adventure attractions.

The Hidden Structure: The Influence of Residence Hall Design on Academic Outcomes

Some parents may beat you up over your older, traditional residence halls, but we love them. Why? They create and embrace community and foster positive outcomes for students. This new study published in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice shows students who live in traditional halls fare better socially and academically.



A realistic portrayal of today’s teens or an exaggeration of typical teenage stereotypes? You decide. HBO’s new series Euphoria is a drama following a group of high school students in 2019 (a la Kids, Skins, etc). But would Generation X parents obsessed with safety really going to let their kids stray this far? Jury’s out.


For another (not cable) viewpoint on the GenZ experience look to grown-ish, a spin-off of the ABC show black-ish. The sitcom is now in its sophomore season and follows Zoey Johnson through her college experience. It's not a perfect show by any means but does provide good commentary for contemporary college life.


Housing, housing, housing. We can’t stress enough how important it is to show during the visit. Want to know why parents and students are obsessed with seeing a “real” room? Check out this Pottery Barn catalog and its wording about preparing for students to go off to college.