Hints for a Successful Campus Visit
Visiting a college campus will provide firsthand impressions for you and your family. You will learn about the people, programs, facilities, and in general, learn a great deal by being on campus and discussing your plans with a college official. This may be the deciding factor in your college search.
- Before you start thinking about visiting any colleges, some “homework” is in order.
- Begin looking through the college information in the Counselors’ Office or begin searching online. Think of the things that are important to you: programs, size, location, cost, activities/athletics, etc.
- Talk over your ideas with your family and your counselor.
- Request information from the colleges that interest you.
- Narrow your list to about five or six choices.
- When you have narrowed your list, call the colleges ahead of time to set up an appointment.
- Meet with an admissions officer to verify admission requirements (tests, high school preparation).Discuss your chances for success.
- Determine college costs. Ask about financial aid opportunities, including scholarships, as well as deadlines, required forms, etc.
- Meet with faculty in the academic area of interest to you. Ask questions about academic offerings.
- Attend a class to get an idea of typical size, teaching style, academic atmosphere.
- Ask about the placement record for graduates in the field you might study.
- Identify career planning services for undergraduates.
- Tour the campus (be sure to check out the dorms, dining hall, library, etc).
- Talk to students about the general academic environment and the study commitment necessary for success.
- Find out what student activities are available (clubs, intramurals, organizations, etc). Inquire about campus life and social activities in general.
- Investigate transportation options.
- Eat a meal in the dining hall.
- Spend a night in the dorm.
- After your visit, make notes on your reactions to the college so you can later compare to the other colleges you will visit.