5 Things to Do When Visiting Colleges
Last updated March 23, 2022
Visiting a college is much more than a campus tour. If you're able to, it's important to actually visit the campuses you are considering since you will call it home for 4 (or more) years! Here are 5 things to check off your list when visiting your potential new home!
Explore academic programs
If you have an idea of what you want to major in, make an appointment with a professor or advisor in that department to learn more about the academic program requirements and supports to ensure that it's in line with your interests and career goals. If you're unsure of what your goals are, that's okay too! Talking to a professional in that department can also help you narrow down your list of majors that interest you.
Check out the student center
While academics are the most important thing to take into consideration when deciding which college you're going to choose, campus culture is so important too! Ideally, the school you're going to be attending will have a culture that aligns with your interests and personality. Check out the campus hangout spots and students spaces - like the student center - to get a sense of the day to day life of students at a college. Be sure to ask about what kinds of events typically happen around and off campus too, like sporting events, concerts, the best places to eat, and more!
Visit admissions and financial aid
Typically, during a scheduled campus visit, colleges will show interested students a presentation about the application and financial aid process, campus life, and student opportunities. These sessions are your chance to get some pretty important information early, which could inform your decision to apply or commit to that school later on!
Go straight to the source: ask the students
College students are typically pretty friendly, especially because they’ve been in your position before! If you have a specific question, try asking a student walking around campus about their experience at that college. What are the pros and cons of attending school there? Why do they love it? What are some clubs or events on campus that students love? It can be intimidating to start a conversation with a stranger, but the payoff could be huge - especially if their perspective helps you make a decision!
Good note-taking is key in college - start early! Document your experience on campus in a notebook by taking notes about the pros and cons of each campus experience. This will come in handy when you need to compare and contrast your top choices and make a final decision. Use our FREE college tour note sheet to keep all your thoughts, notes, and questions organized! Just click the button below.