Preparing for a Campus Visit
Know Before You Go
Research the College
- Review the view books, course catalogs, and any other materials the college sends to prospective students.
- Spend some time surfing their website.
- Talk to currently enrolled students or alumni about the college. Some college websites let you contact them online, or you can get their contact information from the admissions office.
· Find out how often college tours run, and if you have to sign up in advance.
· Be sure to get a map of the school. You don’t want to spend half your day trying to park or find the admissions office.
· If an interview is suggested, make an appointment. Also, consider meeting with the financial aid officer.
· If you’re curious about a club, program, or a spot, arrange to attend a practice, rehearsal, or meeting.
· Ask yourself if you can imagine living and studying at that college two or fours years.
Was it X College or Y University that had that excellent exercise equipment in the gym? Where did I talk to that cool psychology professor? You think you’ll remember everything, but you’ll be surprised how colleges start to merge after you’ve seen a few.
Make a list of what college characteristics are most important to you, so you know what to evaluate. Do you feel overwhelmed in a large lecture hall? Check out the class size. Do you have your heart set on joining a sorority or a fraternity? See what the Greek system is like on campus. Is there a particular major that you want to pursue? Talk to current students or professors in that department.