How to Make the Most of Your College Visit
Visiting a college campus gives you an insider’s perspective of what it’s like to attend that particular school. What are the students like? Do you like the dorms? Where’s the best coffee shop in town?
Only a campus visit can tell you if the college of your dreams is really your dream college. Here are the three things you absolutely must do when visiting a college:
1. Do Your Research
Before getting in that airplane or car, dig around and find out as much as you can about the college you’re visiting. Being prepared will allow you to see more!
First things first: Get the basic stats from a college and university directory.
Then, make a list of things you’d like to accomplish during the college visit. For example:
- Meet with an admissions officer.
- Ask students what they love and hate about the college.
- Get a copy of the student newspaper.
- Discuss your financial aid options.
- Eat in the cafeteria.
- Find the best (and cheapest!) supermarket in town.
- Sit in on a class.
2. Plan in Advance
If there are several colleges you want to visit, it’s important to schedule overnight visits in advance. Set a date (or even a weekend!) in advance and take your time scoping the possibilities.
If the college is in a major city, don’t just stay on campus! What are the city landmarks? Where is the art museum? In addition to getting to know your future school, you’ll get a taste of what the city has to offer.
3. Pack Smart
Before you leave for your college visit, get a notebook, a map of the campus and the surrounding area, and a camera. While the experience may seem unforgettable now, the details may blur after seeing a few more schools.
A college visit is essential for determining what you want from a college. And since you’re probably curious about where you will be sleeping, eating and studying for the next four years, you’ll want a sneak peak! Make the most of your college visit and you’ll be well on your way to finding the best college for you.