5 ways to make the most of your college visit
Before you map out your list of must-see campuses, read these tips from our admissions staff.
1. Don’t overschedule: When planning your college tour, allot ample time in between colleges and visit no more than two per day, allowing time to reflect on each visit and explore your surroundings.
2. Go beyond the tour: Don’t spend all of your time at the admissions office or on a tour. Explore the library, athletic center, dining hall and coffee shop to get a sense of what life is like there. Talk to students and ask them why they chose the college.
3. Sit in on a class: Attending a class is not only a way to preview a major or program you’re interested in; it’s a way of getting a feel for the learning environment at the college. Pay particular attention to the interaction between professors and students.
4. Read all about it: Pick up a copy of the college newspaper and discover what issues are on students’ minds. What are the students engaged in and what do they care about?
5. Take time to reflect: Immediately after a visit, write down how you felt when you were on campus. Make notes about your impressions, both good and bad. After seeing several campuses, these details may begin to blur, so it is helpful to pen your reactions while they are fresh in your mind (or gut).