Before committing to a college or university, students are encouraged to visit the school in person and experience first-hand what campus life is like. Nevada State High School gives students the ability to participate in several college tours throughout the school year, allowing them to make an informed decision and imagine themselves on campus. We regularly facilitate campus tours with colleges and universities such as the University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV), the University of Nevada – Reno (UNR), Cal State Fullerton, and many more!
Our most recent trip was to southern Utah where we toured Utah Tech University and Southern Utah University, all in one day!
The morning of, about 30 groggy teenagers assembled at our Henderson (Flagship) campus at 5:30 AM for check-ins. They grabbed water bottles, breakfast pastries, and loaded into the vans. We departed promptly at 5:45 AM.
First Stop – St. George
The drive to St. George was mostly uneventful. Everyone was either asleep or simply enjoying the mountain views from the window as it rained. We arrived at our first college, Utah Tech with time to spare, so we took a quick snack break before heading to the Holland Centennial Commons building, the starting place of the tour.
Utah Tech, formerly known as Dixie State, is a polytechnic public University offering more than 240 programs of study. Being only a 2-hour drive from Las Vegas and offering several scholarship programs, hands-on learning opportunities, industry partnerships, and a dynamic student-life experience, it is the perfect option for some of our Nevada State High School Renegades. Additionally, Utah Tech is part of the WICHE program, which makes tuition more affordable for students coming from out of Utah.
Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted by UT Student Ambassadors, who started the tour by giving a presentation to our students on the specific details of the application process, tuition fees, scholarships, different programs offered by the school, academic buildings, campus life and more! Our students asked a variety of insightful questions like which scholarship programs they would be eligible for, whether or not they would be considered first-year freshmen since the majority of them will have completed anywhere from 25-50 credits by the time they graduate NSHS. Our UT Student Ambassador was extremely knowledgeable and took his time answering each of their questions in depth.
Following that discussion, we walked the campus’ grounds and explored the common areas, library, academic buildings, student stores and lounge areas, and more. Our Ambassador was nice enough to adjust the tour slightly, accommodating for the rainy weather. A couple highlights of the tour were seeing the Olympic sized swimming pool and rock climbing wall in the gym, and real dinosaur fossils in the biology lab. After the tour, we stopped for a quick lunch in the cafeteria before hitting the road again.
And Then – Cedar City
Students returned to the vans, where we embarked on the 1 hour drive from St. George to Cedar City. The weather evolved right before our eyes, from a slight drizzle of rain to snowflakes as we crossed into Cedar City. The snow flurrying in the sky and resting on the landscape around us was truly a beautiful sight.
We pulled into the Southern Utah University parking lot, and ventured our way through a few inches of snow on the ground into the Student Union building. Here, the large group was broken off into smaller tour groups for a more personalized experience based on their desired majors. One student expressed interest in Film Studies, so the SUU ambassador took that group on an exclusive tour inside one of the brand new film studios on campus.
Following the formal tour of the campus, students enjoyed the snow – being from a desert, for some students this was their first time ever experiencing snow. Snow balls were thrown while snow angels and snowmen were made. This became a core memory for many of the students. After some playtime in the snow, a stop in the SUU student store for some merch, and a quick bite, we all gathered into the vans for a final time to make the 3 hour trek home.
And Finally… Home Sweet Home
Touring a college in person is one of the best ways to determine whether you should spend the next few years of your life there. Perhaps it leads to you learning more about a school or area of study that wasn’t initially on your radar. Or maybe one of your peers asks a question that you hadn’t considered before. For many students, college is a way for them to get out of their hometown and experience more other cities. Nevada State High School not only prepares our students for college academically, but also socially and personally. Through our college tours both in-person and virtual, we ensure that students have all the information before making a decision on where to continue after high school.