Campus Visits

Visiting colleges is the best way to get exposed to different types of schools and to get an up close look at what really goes on at a college. If your schedule and budget permit, plan a road trip to get a feel for what type of school is most comfortable and appropriate for you.  If you’re not able to travel far, visit schools close to home. Read the tips below to help you plan and get the most out of your visits:

  •  Make an initial list of schools to visit. Reach out to your guidance counselor for help.
  • Review the admissions sections of school websites for info session and campus tour schedules and reserve your spot, if required.
  •  If you’d like to meet with a faculty member or a coach reach out in advance to make an appointment. Coordinate your meeting with the tour and info session schedules.
  • Leave some extra time to explore the campus. You can eat in the cafeteria, visit the student center, even sit in on a class (ask Admissions how to arrange). Look around and notice what students are doing.
  • If you can, take the time to explore the surrounding neighborhood and town.
  • Throughout the day, take notes and photos to help you remember details.
  • If there’s someone you want to follow up with, ask for their contact info. Use an envelope to collect and save business cards from school reps you meet.
  • Remember to send thank you notes and follow up if you’ve been asked to provide additional information.

A tour will give you the chance to see a school through a current student’s eyes and have a chance to ask questions, including:

  • Does the school provide housing for all four years? If yes, do most students stay on campus? If no, how hard is it to find off campus housing?
  • What portion of the students join sororities and fraternities? Do students feel pressured to join Greek life? What’s the process like?
  • What clubs and extracurriculars are offered?
  • What’s your favorite thing about the school? What, if anything, has disappointed you?
  • How available are professors for extra help?
  • Are tutors available?
  • Are you assigned a freshman advisor? Is there a supportive advisory system?
  • Where do most students study? How much time do you spend on school work each day?
  • Do students stay on campus for the weekends? What do you do for fun?
  • What are the biggest campus traditions?
  • Do students get involved in the surrounding community?
  • What do you like best (and least) about the school?

Info sessions give you the chance to learn about the school from the admissions office staff who will make a formal presentation followed by Q & A. Ask questions, but ask only those that can’t be answered on the school’s website, such as:

  • What is the average class size?
  • What percentage of classes are taught by professors versus teaching assistants?
  • Is study abroad encouraged? What percent of students participate?
  • What is the total cost of attending?
  • What type of financial assistance is available?
  • What percentage of students receive the aid they require?
  • What career service support is offered for summer and full-time opportunities?
  • What jobs are available on campus for students who want to work part-time?

 

 

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