College visits are supposed to be the fun part of the college application process—the part when parent and child set off on a fun road trip together as the first step in the child's transition from grade school to college and beyond.
But while teens may enjoy the experience of pretending—if only for a few hours (and with mom or dad at their side)—to be real collegians, mom or dad are not always having so much fun.
College visits can, in fact, turn out to be logistical nightmares: Where do we park? Where is the admissions office, and what door are we supposed to use? When are the tours given, and where can we eat lunch? How do we get back on the highway?
But this fall, as the saying goes, "there's an app for that."
Chevy Chase entrepreneurial moms Susan Jones and Elizabeth Van Sant—who, between the two of them, have logged in about 100 college visits with their kids—recently launched Quad2Quad to "take the pain out of the [college visit] process and save the college bound family from having to scour multiple complicated college websites" to plan out their college visits, according to a statement.
"As an educational consultant working with families in the thick of the stressful college application process, I was approached by a family friend, nicknamed 'psycho college mom' (she visited 80 colleges collectively with four children), lamenting the laborious planning of her fourth child's upcoming spate of college visits," Jones told Patch.