FAQ About College Visits
To ease the stress, students and families may want to make visits sooner, ideally before senior year. The College Board recommends spring of junior year as a good time to visit campuses for students who have already done the research on those colleges.
Visiting colleges is a great way to get a feel for what college is like. And when the time comes, it can help you decide if a specific college is right for you.
Exploring campuses is well worth your while. You don’t have to travel far — visiting local colleges is just as valuable. Campus visits can range from a quick hour to an overnight stay.
All colleges have Admission Offices that can help you plan your visit. And you can plan your own informal visit to a college campus. Take these important first steps:
- Contact the college admission office through the college's website or by email or phone to get details and make an appointment, if necessary
- Schedule time to be on your own. Walk around the public areas of the college and don't be shy about asking students questions
Campus Visits: Before You Go
Most colleges start college visits with a presentation by someone representing the campus. This informative speech will tell you the history of the college, current events, and upcoming changes.
After the speech, you will participate in a tour, probably led by a current student. As you walk around, ask questions and pay attention to your surroundings.
Pay special attention to bulletin boards to get a feel of the events going around campus. Make sure you are interested in some of the activities!
Some colleges allow you to attend a class, club meeting, or sports practice.
Meetings can also be arranged with professors, admissions officers, and financial aid officers. These individuals will be an excellent resource for some of your area specific questions.
You may also want to eat in the dining hall or see about an overnight stay in a dorm.
Make sure you leave enough time to explore on your own to see how you like all of the college, not just the polished places.
Check out the meals offered, clubs, social scene, classes, and dorms.
Here are some things you should put on your college visit checklist.
- Gym / Rec Center
- Student Resource Centers
- Off-Campus Housing
- Greek Life and Other Organizations
10 Things You Need To Check Out During A College Visit