How to Maximize College Campus Visits
This week were going to be talking about an important aspect of the college admissions process which begins when families decide to make the trip to a college’s
Today I am going to share with you 7 tips that will maximize the college visit but before I do that I would like to first define what I consider a college culture which consists of “all the activities, language, geography, people and history that make a college uniquely different than any other”. With that being said the goal of a college visit is to experience a college’s culture as intimately as possible and by following these 7 simple tips you can make this goal a reality.
7 Tips to Make the Most of Your College Visits
1. Create a decision model. What I mean by this is to make sure you begin the college visit process by creating a criteria behind how you measure each college. For instance, if your student is interested in public policy, a city-style
2. Visit one type of each college you are considering. For instance, if you are not sure whether you would like to attend a smaller or larger college, visit a couple schools that are close by that represent each type, like a large public school and then a smaller private school. By doing so you’ll have a relative picture of what each college format feels like and whether it’s something that fits in with your personality and ambitions.
3. Make an appointment to take a tour. Schools will have certain times of the day or week set aside to give potential students and their family tours. This is always a great place to start. However, don’t be afraid to go with your instincts. If you pull up to the school and realize you just don’t like it, there’s no point sticking around. Also, staying overnight in a dorm, if the school offers it, is a great way to get to really get the college experience.
4. Schedule your visit when school is in session. I can’t stress this one enough, but it is very important to
see not only what the
5. Ditch the tour guide. Once you’ve learned some of the main features of the school, the best way to see the
6. Get a soda or coffee in one of the student lounges. While you’re at it, get something to eat as well. You might as well find out now what the food is like. Some schools are known for having 5 star cuisines while others have food that is barely edible. You’re going to be there for four to five years, so this is an important step.
7. Check out the library, computer lab, gym, and laundry. Even though this isn’t directly related to what you’ll be studying and your major, you’ll be spending plenty of time at all of these areas, so be sure to take a look at them as well.