The Bloomington-Normal area can thank Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Lincoln College for contributing to its robust offerings of activities. Colleges and universities provide amazing benefits for towns. They increase the education average of the area; they open up a wide variety of learning options for the entire community; they attract a wide variety of high-caliber entertainment; they enrich the economy. And, of course, they provide stellar opportunities for higher learning and advanced degrees.
Right now, schools are preparing to roll out the red carpet to prospective students and their parents to showcase their offerings. Take advantage of virtual tours like Lincoln College’s, but don’t miss the opportunity to experience a campus live and in person. Each on-campus experience inevitably provides unexpected insights. Illinois State offers several options to fit different circumstances as well as schedules. Illinois Wesleyan prides itself on individualization but offers open houses a well.
These open house campus tours are often tightly scheduled, one-day affairs meant to provide a sense of the atmosphere of the school and to highlight its advantages. Sometimes they activate system overload in visitors.
Vrooman Mansion is the respite you need within the whirlwind. There are two ways we can be here for you.
1. Stay with us before your day on campus.
If you’re coming from St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis or other far-flung points, avoid traffic and travel hassles by booking a room at our bed and breakfast. By being here the day before your scheduled tour you can plan your visit. You and your teen can create a strategy to ask the right questions and see the most important things. With your route marked out in advance, you can sleep in just a bit longer in the well-appointed suites at the mansion and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast before heading to school. Go in with an advantage by being well-rested and well-fed.
2. Stay the night after your campus tour.
Return to Vrooman at the end of the day and take the evening to unwind, refresh, and recap. What did you like? Does it feel like a good fit? This is a golden opportunity to spend with your adult-approaching teen and be in the mix as big decisions are made. Use your extra time to explore campus and the Bloomington-Normal area with your high-schooler, soon-to-be college freshman.
Because college tours are rushed affairs, schedule in breathing space at Vrooman Mansion. You might also create a memory and Vrooman would be honored to be a part of it.