Celebrating Good Things for 2016

Celebrating Good Things for 2016

Read our most recent Newsletter celebrating our 2016 accomplishments and partners.



As we look to 2017 we have been reflecting on all that has happened here at Custom College Visits. It has certainly been a busy year for us! Throughout the year we do our best to keep up with emails, blogs and social media, but sometimes news falls through the cracks. We thought we would share some of the happenings so far this year at Custom College Visits.

We updated our website last spring:

Custom College Visits Home Page
Please have a look and let us know what you like or even what you don’t. Custom College Visits

We published a Kindle guide for parents this past summer: College Road Trips, a Parents Guide

It can be purchased on Amazon.

College Road Trips A Parent's Guide ebook

College Road Trips A Parent’s Guide









Janice was interviewed and quoted in a New York Times Travel section article:

5 Ways to Make College Tours Fun Instead of Grueling

Graphic for New York Times Article mentioning Custom College Visits and Janice Caine

New York Times Article mentioning Custom College Visits and Janice Caine








Articles & guest blogs written by Janice were published in:

The J. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California:
Campus Visits Help Students Refine Their College Choices

Hooray for Moms:
Bonding – The Unexpected Perk of College Visit Road Trips

Janice was interviewed for the National College Planning Summit.

Ok, it was in November 2015, but that’s still within the last year ;-):
Janice Caine Interview Excerpts

We’re excited about our new partnerships and collaborations:

Concierge Travel Services with Alacrity Lifestyles
This partnership allows us to offer our families enhanced travel services that further personalize their college visit experience.

Kirsten and Neil Danekind, co-owners of Alacrity Lifestyles®, bring extensive knowledge and professionalism to every client that they work with. As professional travel advisors with premier affiliations, they assist Custom College Visits’ families with hotel arrangements, transportation, and sightseeing needs. As independent affiliates of The Travel Society, a Virtuoso® Member, Alacrity Lifestyles® offers clients a wide range of services to fit any budget and lifestyle.

Travel Itinerary planning with UMapped
We now provide each customized travel itinerary in mobile, online and printable PDF formats, so each family can choose the format that works best for them.

College visits are filled with travel details, logistics and memories. With Umapped, you can find all of your itinerary details and documents in one place. Prior to your visit, you can add your own notes and scheduled events on top of the itinerary we send you. Then, during your visit you can record photos and notes of your college visits in real-time in the journal section of the app. All of your memories will automatically be synced, making it fun and easy for your family to reflect on your college visits when you’re back home. You can also choose to share your journal from the app to your friends and family over email and social media.

Video Resources with YOUniversitytv
Students and families now have access to YOUniversitytv’s college tour video content on our website. YOUniversityTV is the world leading producer and distributor of college video tours. Nearly 700 colleges and universities are featured in a third-party, unbiased view. All videos follow a familiar format which provides an apples-to-apples comparison for the viewers.

Click here for a list of colleges

Interview Skills Coaching and Resources with ISCA
Working with ISC Academy allows us to provide students with the opportunity for one-on-one coaching and information to help them prepare for college admissions interviews.

“Can you tell me a little bit about your background and why you think this college is right for you?” Are you prepared to put your best foot forward in response to that question? Do you know how to handle negative questions and hypotheticals?
The Interview Skill Coaching Academy was formed to make sure that you do! Our founder, Mark Efinger, will work through Skype sessions one-on-one with you to uncover your most compelling success stories and craft your best approach to communicate why you are a great match for each school. Then we will practice and rehearse various interview styles until you are prepared and able to engage your interviewer with confidence.


Most of all, we are thankful for the opportunity to have worked with new and repeat families from across the US as well as from Africa, Hong Kong, China and India to plan multi-day, multi-campus college visit itineraries. It is especially rewarding to hear from families who check in after their trips to tell us how well they have gone–and of course, we love hearing from them the news about where their teen will be attending college!

We look forward to helping you and your teen plan informational, exciting and stress-free college road trips.

Please contact us and let us know how we might help you and your college-bound teen.

650-931-4515 / 925-513-5086 / info@CustomCollegeVisits.com

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Janice Caine
Custom College Visits

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