One of the best ways to get a feel for a college and see if it’s a good fit for you is by visiting campus. After all, you can only learn so much from a website. Getting your feet on the ground and seeing firsthand what the school has to offer can give you a good idea what it would be like to be a student there.
Spring is the perfect time to plan your campus visits. Not only is the weather better, the students are still on campus, too, so you get a better look at what the school environment is like when classes are still in session. This gives you the opportunity to speak with students and faculty in person and get all the nitty-gritty about classes, campus life, more.
Before you hit the road, however, it’s important to have a plan and be prepared with a list of questions in order to maximize your campus visit.
How to Make the Most of Your College Visits
The following tips come from Nathan J. Turner, associate director of admissions for Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.
Tip #1 — “Before you visit any college, make sure you've done your research. Do they offer the major you’re interested in? If you’re an athlete, do they offer your sport and are scholarships available? When it comes to campus visits, a little bit of research can save you a lot of time.
Tip #2 — “Develop a comprehensive list of questions for your admissions representative, faculty members, and even the students you meet. For example, if cost is an important factor in your school choice, be prepared to ask about things like financial aid and average net price.”
Tip #3 — “Begin visiting schools early on, starting with your junior year in high school.”
Tip #4 — “Make sure you’re diverse in your school visits. Visit large, medium, and small schools. Visit public and private schools. Expose yourself to as many types of schools as you can so you can discover which type is best fit for you.”
Tip #5 — “While you’re on your campus tour, be sure to take notice of the campus atmosphere and everything it has to offer. After all, you might end up spending the next four years of your life there.”
Tip #6 — “It’s very important to take notes during and immediately following your campus visit. After a few visits, it’s easy for the different schools to start to blend together. Having good notes can help you remember the important details come decision time.”