1. What expenses can visiting counselors expect Five Colleges to cover?
We will provide free accommodations (a single room) at the Hotel Northampton. This includes the cost of a two-nights stay (Sunday and Monday), as well as dinner Sunday evening. All other meals will be had on campus during the tours, with the exception of dinner on Monday. On Monday evening, there will be a reception with heavy h'orderves followed by a free evening in downtown Northampton.
2. Do you typically accept more than one counselor from the same school?
It is our aim to reach out to the most students possible; having two counselors from the same school attend our tour leaves one less space for someone from another institution to take part. Therefore, we do not register more than one counselor from the same high school to attend the Five College Counselor Tour. If more than one person from the same school/organization does pre-register for the tour, we put the second person on our waitlist. Should space become available, we will be in touch with pre-registered counselors on our waitlist.
3. When will I know whether or not I've been registered for the Fall 2017 Five College Counselor Tour?
Before the end of May 2018 we will contact people to let them know if they have been registered to attend the fall 2018 counselor tour. If our available spaces are full, we will put you on waitlist, and contact you when a space becomes available.
4. What should I expect if I become registered for the Counselor Tour?
Should you become registered, we will provide you with further details regarding the tour. We will ask you to provide us with your travel plans (as confirmation of your intention to attend the tour) within three weeks of your registration confirmation notice. Please do not make travel plans before receiving registration confirmation.
5. What time should I arrive in western Massachusetts on Sunday?
The reception followed by dinner at the Hotel Northampton Sunday evening will begin at 5:30 pm. If you're arriving by train or bus in Springfield, allot 45 minutes travel time. If arriving from Bradley International Airport (BDL), allot at least 60 minutes travel time.
6. What time do you recommend I book my return flight?
Five Colleges, Inc. will be providing transportation from the Hotel Northampton directly to Bradley International Airport (BDL). If you will be driving to and from the airport, according to internet mapping tools, it takes approximately 40 minutes to travel from the Hotel Northampton to BDL. If you were to estimate an hour to be on the safe side, that would put arrival time at the airport around 4:15 pm. We do not recommend booking flights with a departure time any earlier than 6:00 pm. You are free to use your discretion, of course, when looking into flights once you've received confirmation from Five Colleges that you have been registered for the 2017 Counselor Tour.
7. I'm planning to drive; what is the address, where will I park, and is there a fee for parking?
The Hotel Northampton provides on-site parking free-of-charge to guests who are staying with them as part of the Five College Counselor Tour. Its address is 36 King Street, Northampton, MA 01060. If you are driving, please let us know.