Roadmapping Your College Visit

by
Founder and President, Smart College Visit, Inc.

Aug   2011

Wed

10

Roadmapping Your College Visits

Hitting the road to visit colleges? Forget the folded maps. Forget the hand-written notes and the printed directions. Instead, send directions to one or more handy electronic gadgets.

Here's how:

  • Search for directions for your college visit road trip using online mapping tools such as Google Maps or MapQuest.
  • Enter your starting location and the destination of the college.
  • Click the button or link to get directions.

When you've selected the best route and it is displayed on the map, look for the controls in the menu bar to: print, send, or link. We all know what Print does, but if you click on Send (Google Maps) or Send To (MapQuest) you will see the options to send the directions to any number of electronic devices.

Google Maps allows you to send directions to:

  • an e-mail account,
  • a GPS device,
  • a car on-board navigation system.

MapQuest will also send directions to e-mail and GPS devices as well as to a mobile phone.

To do so, simply enter a cell phone number and a link to view directions in a mobile web browser will be sent as a text message. Then, just click on the link to open the directions for an easy-to-read, mobile friendly display.

With MapQuest, you can also embed the code to display directions on a website or share on Facebook.

If you plan to send your routes to your GPS device, there may be a step or two required to configure your computer with the appropriate device software. It's pretty easy to do so and well worth the few minutes it takes to set up so you can easily post directions from online mapping tools directly to your GPS.

Now that it's so easy to map routes to and from colleges, how many campuses will you visit?

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About Z. Kelly Queijo

Z. Kelly Queijo

Z. Kelly Queijo is president of Smart College Visit, Inc., a higher ed marketing and college visit planning portal, which she founded in 2009. Kelly is passionate about mobile app development, especially when it comes to creating travel and location-based tools and services for colleges and universities. “Visit Virginia Tech,” a mobile campus guide and her company's first app, was released in 2011. SmartCollegeVisit.com has been listed in the Top 100 education advice blogs and as one of the top 5 college visit sites by her peers. Her popular weekly Twitter chat "CampusChat" provides education experts, parents, and students with a forum for insightful interaction. A Virginia Tech alumna, Kelly held the position of Undergraduate Admissions Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator for Virginia Tech from 1993-2000. She is the former Director of i-Recruitment Services for Carnegie Communications and Internet Sales Manager for CollegeNET, both of which provide web-based services to college admission offices. An award-winning writer and marketing campaign developer, Kelly is the 2010 VT Knowledgeworks Entrepreneurship Summit award winner for best business concept.

 
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