Although college visits are not a requirement for applying to college, they serve as a wonderful opportunity to personally experience a campus. Meticulously planning college visits is well worth your time and effort. The ideal time to schedule a college visit is when classes are in session. You will experience the hustle and bustle of campus life and engage in activities such as attending a class, conversing with a professor, and speaking with students about their likes and dislikes concerning the college campus.

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NINE THINGS YOU MUST DO BEFORE YOUR COLLEGE VISIT


Introduction

Although college visits are not a requirement for applying to college, they serve as a wonderful opportunity to personally experience a campus. Meticulously planning college visits is well worth your time and effort. The ideal time to schedule a college visit is when classes are in session. You will experience the hustle and bustle of campus life and engage in activities such as attending a class, conversing with a professor, and speaking with students about their likes and dislikes concerning the college campus. To help you with your college visits, we have listed nine preparation tips you shouldn’t miss.

1. Watch the virtual tour.

Watching a virtual campus tour online will save you time and money. If you are unsure about embarking on a college visit, a virtual tour may help you finalize your decision. If the college is not a good fit, you’ve saved yourself a disappointing and expensive trip. Most colleges provide virtual tours on their websites. However, if you would like additional resources, check out unigo.com and YOUniversityTV.com. Head and shoulders above any website we have seen, unigo.com has a plethora of virtual tours, a college match quiz, over 650,000 college reviews from actual college students, scholarship rankings, and a career search. It’s amazing! If you don’t find what you’re looking for at Unigo, visit YOUniversityTV.com. They feature college video tours and career videos. In addition to their videos, the college tips are very informative.

2. Research the college.

Make your trip worth the time and money and do your research. Find out if this college offers what you are looking for in terms of your priorities such as major, tuition constraints, and extracurricular activities. For more information about finding the best fit for you, read The College Search Frenzy: Finding the Perfect Fit For You. Also, download a campus map from the campus website to get a feel for the campus layout. Lastly, create a summary of how this college meets or exceeds your priorities and include a breakdown of pros and cons.

3. Develop an agenda.

As you plan your college visit, develop an agenda. Record activities such as a meeting with an Admissions Counselor, touring the campus, and attending a college class. This is a great opportunity to remember the five W’s. Establish who, what, where, when, and why for each hour of your college visit. Using a campus map, highlight areas where you will be and write down the time you should be there. It will serve as a great reference throughout the day.

4. Register for a campus tour.

The ideal time to schedule a college visit is when classes are in session. You will experience the hustle and bustle of campus life and engage in activities such as attending a class, conversing with a professor, and speaking with students about their likes and dislikes concerning the college campus. For a list of questions to ask your campus tour guide, read 25 Questions To Ask Your Campus Tour Guide.

5. Ask if you may attend a class.

This is a very common request amongst visiting students because attending a class is invaluable especially if you plan on applying to this particular college. If possible, try to attend a class associated with your major because it will give you the opportunity to experience a course you will actually attend at the college.

6. Schedule a meeting with an Admissions Counselor.

Admissions Counselors are a wealth of information. After touring campus, if your goal is to get accepted to this college, be sure to meet with an Admissions Counselor. They will advise you about what they expect from an eligible college applicant. For a list of questions to ask your Admission Counselor, read 25 Questions To Ask Your Admissions Counselor.

7. Make time in your schedule to visit the Financial Aid Office.

Check the college’s website for Financial Aid Office information. Many colleges have an open door policy and students are invited to meet with a Financial Aid Officer on a first come first serve basis. For a list of questions to ask your Financial Aid Officer, read 25 Questions To Ask Your Financial Aid Officer.

8. Plan to meet with an Academic Advisor.

Ask about scholarships related to your major, special programs associated to your major, and post-graduate plans. For a list of questions to ask your Academic Advisor, read 25 Questions To Ask Your Academic Advisor.

9. Create a list of questions.

During your college visit, you will have opportunities to ask students and staff questions. Be prepared with a list of questions to optimize your time on campus. The links we listed above combine to create our four part series, “One Hundred Questions To Ask During College Visits”. It is available in our Free Resources.

Conclusion

Keep in mind, proper planning is paramount and a detailed agenda is vital because college visits can be incredibly stressful. For additional information about campus tours, visit College Pencilpedia. For more great tips and a step-by-step approach to planning your college visits, purchase “The Ultimate College Application Guide” on Amazon today.

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