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The campus visit is a crucial part of the college decision process. It is a time to ask questions, take a tour, sit in on classes, and obtain an overall perspective of the college’s atmosphere. Visiting different colleges will give you a better understanding of which college is right for you. Since you may have various questions about the campus visit, the following should help you when you make each trip.
How should you prepare for the visit?
Before you visit a college campus, you should do a little research on the college. Look through brochures and view the college’s website to find out basic information. This will give you more time on the tour to find out information that is not found on the website. You should also schedule a campus tour at least two weeks before you make the trip. Be sure to have your parents book flight, hotel, and rental car accommodations (if needed) in advance as well.
What should you bring along?
There are several items you should bring with you in order to make the campus visit a success. Be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes since you will actually be taking a tour of the campus. You will also want to bring a tablet or a journal so you can jot down any notes that will help you remember the college. Since you may be seeing a lot of campuses, these notes will come in handy if you forget any details about certain colleges. Pictures will also help you remember particular details about colleges so be sure to pack a camera or your cell phone with video and camera capabilities. This will allow you to look back at pictures that can’t be found on the college’s website or in the brochures.
Who should you talk to?
Try to meet with various members of the campus community. You will definitely want to meet with an admissions officer to discuss the school’s requirements, deadlines, and financial aid programs. If possible, try talking to some professors to get a feel of what they expect out of a student. All professors are different so try to talk to as many as you can; you may even want to sit in on some of their classes to obtain a good perspective. Don’t be afraid to go up to current students and start a conversation. Find out what they think about the college as a whole. Ask if they are happy with the college choice that they made. Since students are not employed by the college, they will not give you biased answers.
What questions should you ask?
Now that you know who to talk to, you may be wondering what questions you should ask these people. You will want to ask a variety of questions so you will go home with enough information to help you make a decision on where you want to go. Use the following questions as a guideline, and if you think of other questions, be sure to ask.
What if you can’t visit?
There are always circumstances in which a student cannot visit a college campus in person. If you are unable to make a campus visit but are still interested in finding out about the college, you have several options. You can call the school’s admissions office to ask any questions you may have. If they do not have an answer, they will direct you to someone who does. You can also talk to your high school counselor. He/she may have information about the college that you are interested in. If your school counselor knows someone who goes to that college, he/she may be able to get you in touch with that student so the two of you can discuss what the college is like. Finally, if you can’t visit a campus in person, you can always take a virtual tour of the school.