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Why College Visits are Important

College visits are an important part of the admissions process. “Feet on the ground” college visits are the best way for a student to get a feel for the actual campus vibe and learn more about a school. Here are a few answers to questions about how to get started:

What characteristics of the college should the student consider while on campus? While visiting, the student should be asking questions such as:

  • Do I like the setting of this college? (City, rural, suburban)

  • How big are the classes?

  • How accessible are the professors?

  • Are there clubs or organizations offered that I would like to be involved in?

  • What are the dorms like?

  • Can I see this place as my home for the next four years?

Taking the time to explore different types of colleges is important and worthwhile, regardless if they make it onto the final college list.

When should we visit? 

The ideal time to make a visit is while the college is in session. By checking out the campus while school is in session you can:

  • Attend a theatre production

  • Watch a sporting event

  • Sit in on a classroom lecture

Being on the campus while the college is in session allows for the student to get a good sense of whether or not this particular college fits him or her. Don’t worry, you don’t have to go on a formal tour. Many colleges offer self-guided tours.

Should we take a tour or attend an info session even if the student might not apply?

Absolutely! Taking a formal tour, or attending an information session doesn’t commit the student to anything. These programs are a great way to:

  • Let the college know of the student’s potential interest

  • Learn more about a particular major

  • Hear about career and internship opportunities

Exploring the college atmosphere during junior year will help to refine and define the college list and determine what is important to the student. To get more information on the college application process, view our How to Apply to College page.

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