College Tour

Book a tour and have your students kick off their journey to college by visiting some of the top North Carolina higher-education institutions—from NC State University to Duke University to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Morning, Day One

Tour North Carolina State University

With over 35,000 students enrolled, NC State offers bachelor’s degrees in 106 fields of study. A weekday two-hour tour includes a first-year information session.

Tour Duke University

This private university founded in 1892 is known for having a highly ranked business school and an elite basketball program. Weekday tours last just over an hour.

Afternoon, Day One

Tour University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

UNC-Chapel Hill is one of the oldest public universities in the United States. Notable alumni are former President James K. Polk and NBA All-Star Michael Jordan. Enjoy a group lunch on UNC’s campus at the Brinkhous-Bullitt Building: The Beach Café, Lenoir Hall or the Student Union. During a weekday tour, explore the Carolina Basketball Museum, which chronicles the history of UNC basketball.

Evening, Day One

Shop the Shoppes at University Place

Upon arrival in Charlotte, stop and enjoy dinner at Boardwalk Billy’s Raw Bar & Ribs overlooking the lake. Save room for dessert and head to Ninety’s Ice Cream & Sandwiches, a popular local hangout. Looking for an adventure? Rent a paddle boat and cruise around for a 30-minute ride. The Boardwalk in the University area will have students wanting to become a Future 49er.

Morning, Day Two

Tour UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte opened in 1946 and is the third largest of the 17 institutions within the UNC System, and largest institution in the Charlotte region. Weekday tours are two hours and include a Q&A panel with enrolled students and admission staff along with a photo scavenger hunt featuring artifacts around campus.

Afternoon, Day Two

Tour Johnson & Wales University

This university is one of only four private campuses in the nation with more than 16,000 students. The weekday tour explores the prestigious culinary lab where visitors can see future chefs in action. To taste the food from current culinary students, visit Johnson & Wales’ dining hall Monday through Friday.

Evening, Day Two

Explore Downtown Asheville

Experience the funky vibe of Asheville - visitors feel it the moment they begin strolling through Asheville’s vibrant city center – it’s an unmistakable mountain vibe that has beckoned tourists to this region time and again. Lining the streets of this walkable neighborhood, find a wide array of independent shops and some of the best dining in the Southeast.

More to Explore

Tour Appalachian State University

Home of the Mountaineers and nestled in the beautiful town of Boone, N.C., Appalachian State offers weekday tours with opportunities to meet faculty members, learn about majors and the admissions process.