What To Do on a College Visit
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On a college visit, you need to get familiar with the campus. You should look around and find things that you would be interested in. Find out what you need to do to apply and see if the college class and major offerings are what you desire. You would want to get a feel for student life and see if this is a college where you will become successful.
If you were to go on a college visit, you should feel comfortable asking your tour guide questions. For example, “What do you enjoy most about this college?” If you become very interested in this particular college, you could sit it on a class that you would be interested in. There are most likely forms or brochures about this college that you could take and read over. Talk to current students to see what it is like. See what they do on weekends and if they like their classes.
Important places to visit would be the cafeteria, dorms, library, gym, career center, bookstore, and other campus facilities. All of these locations throughout the college are a necessity. To live there, you would need to know where everything is located. You could go to each of these places and ask questions. The career center could teach you what services they provide. Talk to coaches in a sport you may be interested and read about how well that previous sport has done. Talking to the coaches will help you get a better view of your sport. You could look at where they practice and where their games take place. Taking a walk or drive around your campus could also get a good feel of how things would be. You would want to see the scenery you could possibly be living in.
Picking a college is very important and the college visits are just as important. Make sure to ask many questions and see everything that you wanted to see. College visits will make your decision a lot easier.
College Board Checklist
Find out what you need to do to apply and see if the college’s class and major offerings are what you want:
Take part in a group information session at the admission office.
Interview with an admission officer.
Pick up financial aid forms.
Sit in on a class that interests you. If classes aren’t in session, just see what the classrooms are like.
Meet a professor who teaches a subject that interests you.
Talk to students about what they think of their classes and professors.
Get the names of the people you meet and their business cards so you can contact them later if you have questions.
Explore the Campus
Get a feel for student life and see if this college is a place where you will do well:
Take a campus tour.
Talk to current students about life on campus and the college.
Check out the freshmen dorms and stay overnight with a student, if possible.
Visit the dining hall, fitness center, library, career center, bookstore and other campus facilities.
Talk to the coaches of sports that you may want to play.
Walk or drive around the community surrounding the campus.
Check Out Campus Media
Tune in to learn what’s happening on campus and what’s on students’ minds:
Listen to the college radio station.
Read the student newspaper.
Read other student publications, such as department newsletters, alternative newspapers and literary reviews.
Scan bulletin boards to see what daily student life is like.
Go to the career center and learn what services it offers.
Browse the school’s website and any campus blogs.
Questions to Ask During Your Visit
Here are some questions you may want to ask your tour guide or students you meet on campus:
What are the best reasons to go to this college?
What’s it like to go from high school to college?
What do you do in your free time? On the weekends?
What do you love about this college?
What do you wish you could change about this college?
Why did you choose this college?
What is it like to live here?
Adapted from Campus Visits and College Interviews by Zola Dincin Schneider.
Josie Hagen- 9-8-16