Given the fact that the US has over 4000 post-secondary educational institutions and that each one of them has their own unique set of strengths, resources and characteristics, it is imperative that students are aware of what to expect before applying to any of these colleges. In this sense, we take the philosophy of "walking the walk", which constitutes of visiting the actual campuses, as a necessary part of the VMA experience. 


At VMA, we help our students and parents gain relevant first-hand information that is different from reading articles online or word of mouth. This is why our College Counseling Office goes to great lengths to organize our summer school visits for VMAers to gain the experience of being at a college in the US. We believe that when it comes to choosing a college, action does speak louder than words. Just watching YouTube Videos about New York University doesn’t cut it for us. Being there physically, talking to current students, going to the main student hubs, watching artists put on a show and roaming the streets of downtown New York is an experience that will help shape their decision. This is our philosophy in helping students find the school or city that truly fits our students.


Over the past few years, our school has designed five routes for school visits: the California route, Pennsylvania route, Northeastern route, New York route and Mid-West route. For each route, we have included a selection of schools that are suitable for students based on their interests and strengths. Furthermore, having counselors actually going with our students during the visits can really help the students understand schools from a different perspective.

”School visits have allowed kids the opportunities to see for themselves if they fit this or that college. Every day during our trip we sat down together at night and talked about how we felt about the schools we visited that day. By the end of our two-week sojourn in New York State, some kids already found the colleges they would like to be part of!“

Jack Ma, Counselor of New York Route

New York Route

Columbia University

Barnard College

New York University

Fordham University

Vassar College

Bard College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Union College

University of New York at Albany

Skidmore College

Cornell University

Syracuse University

Colgate University

Hamilton College

University of Rochester

Rochester Institute of Technology



School Visit Review(1)


School Visit Review(2)


School Visit Review(3)


Mid-West Route

University of Chicago

Northwestern University

University of Notre Dame

Purdue University

University of Illinois (UIUC)

Illinois Wesleyan University

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Indiana University Bloomington

Carnegie Mellon University

University of Pittsburgh

Case Western Reserve University

Oberlin College

Ohio State University


School Visit Review (1)


School Visit Review (2)


School Visit Review (3)

Pennsylvania Route

Dickinson College

Franklin & Marshall College

Lafayette College

Lehigh University

Haverford College

Villanova University

Swarthmore College

University of Pennsylvania



School Visit Review (1)


School Visit Review (2)

California Route

Pepperdine University

University of Southern California

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Irvine

University of California, Riverside

University of California, San Diego

University of California, Davis

University of California, Berkeley

Pomona College

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont McKenna College

Scripps College

Pitzer College

San Diego State University

University of San Francisco

College of San Mateo


School Visit Review (1)


School Visit Review (2)


School Visit Review (3)


School Visit Review (4)

Northeast Route

Harvard University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Boston University

Northeastern University

Bentley University

Boston College

Mount Holyoke College

Smith College

University of Massachusetts

Amherst College

Babson College

Tufts University

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

College of the Holy Cross

Brown University

Rhode Island Institute of Design

Trinity College

Wesleyan University