Visiting a college campus in person can help determine if a school is right for you. It can help you eliminate schools that are a poor fit, and offers insight you just can’t get from any other source.
An important first step is to sign up for a school’s official information session or campus tour. Then, use these off-the-beaten-path tips to gather more material to make choosing a college easier.
- Take a tour online. Browsing around a school’s website should give you the basics (directions, parking information, campus map). Note if the descriptions and pictures online match up with reality after your in-person tour.
- Spend time at the student center or dining hall. A busy “hub” of the campus can provide important insight to student life. Note how students interact. Are they friendly and having interesting discussions? Are they keeping to themselves and in a rush? Don’t be afraid to approach current students and let them know you are considering going there. Candid feedback can give you a better understanding of campus culture. Grab a copy of the student newspaper while you’re there too.
- Stop by an academic department of interest. Even if you aren’t certain of your field of study, a visit during office hours may allow you to chat with a professor and see how faculty members interact with students.
- Inquire about campus safety. A safe place to study and socialize is important. If you don’t ask, your parents probably will!
- Ask questions at the financial aid department. If you are concerned a school may be out of your budget, the financial aid department can provide information on opportunities such as grants, work-study programs and more.
- Take pictures and notes. Recap your visit as soon as possible. List pros and cons that are easy to compare with any other campuses you visit.
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