To better serve the students of Texas, TX College Tours is a nonprofit program — not a business.
TX College Tours is much more than a travel organization.
We describe ourselves as the hybrid of college admission consultants and a tour group. Professionally, we participate in the Student Youth Travel Association (SYTA) and the National Association for College Admission Counselors (NACAC). Both associations, SYTA and NACAC, are the premiere organizations in their respective fields. Our team is also a member of the NACAC state affiliate — Texas Association for College Admission Counselors.
We provide a comprehensive educational component to campus visits.
Tours include information from the basics of selecting and applying to college to the meaning and practice of holistic admissions. Our team — professional educators and student guides — provide financial aid workshops, essay writing seminars, and more.
Perhaps most unique to TX College Tours, however, is our team’s commitment to be experts on Texas colleges.
Of course, this is a huge undertaking. It requires our own in-depth tours of each campus, lots of conversations with university faculty and students, and even keeping up with each school’s social media feeds. Each school is dynamic, a vibrant organization that evolves daily.
Our goal is to be able to fully discuss the differences between any program at any two or more institutions.
We want to go well beyond the rankings. What are the curriculum differences between the McCombs School of Business and the Mays College of Business? Networking opportunities? The vibe?
Another goal is to introduce students to unique education opportunities.
For example, Texas A&M Galveston is an incredible ocean-oriented university. Or, did you know that Conrad Hilton, himself, helped establish the University of Houston’s Conrad Hilton College — an international leader in the hospitality field. Many people are surprised to learn that the University of Texas at San Antonio is home to the nation’s top cybersecurity program. These examples are only the beginning.
We love our role in showcasing exemplary programs throughout Texas.
From community colleges to large research universities — it is wonderful to help connect students to a place where they can thrive with others who share their passions.
We are committed to helping achieve the State’s mission of 60x30.
In fact, we changed the name of our nonprofit from TX254 (referencing our commitment to students in each of the 254 counties in Texas) to Postsecondary Pathways to better align with 60x30. As educators, we acknowledge the numerous options — pathways — for today’s students.
We see our role as informed guides — offering real-life tours of the different pathways that lead to professional certifications, pre-professional degree programs, community college diplomas, four-year degrees, and more.