Despite stubbornly high gas prices and airline fees, many colleges and universities are reporting an increase in visitors this summer compared to last.
Of the 41 colleges that responded recently to an informal e-mail survey by The Choice, nearly three of every four reported an increase in summer visitors — with some universities experiencing as much as a 50 percent rise.
At Stony Brook University in New York, there has been a 20 percent increase in visits from families of prospective students. According to Stefan Hyman, the web and electronic coordinator, those students who are visiting often express concerns about the economy and cuts to public education.
While more families may be embarking on college tours, they are also being more frugal in their visits.