Tips for a Successful Campus Visit
- Make it official.
- Organize your visit and tour through the admission office.
- Try to visit when campus classes are in session.
- Take the lead!
- Ask your own questions, show your independence, take charge!
- Get organized and prepare.
- Consider what you want to see and learn.
- Divide and conquer.
- While you are visiting with current students or an admission rep, your parents can speak with the financial aid office or tour independently.
- Feel the vibe!
- If your parents left you there, are you excited to be there or are you running after the car?
- Attend a class, if available.
- How do students interact with the professor?
- Measure your comfort level.
- Check out the school's social media or pick up a campus newspaper.
- What are the big issues on campus? What are students talking about?
- Look beyond the campus.
- Ask current students how and where they spend their time off campus.
- What is the favorite restaurant(s) or shopping areas that students frequent?
- Complete the Visit Evaluation!
- After your visit, say your thanks.
- After the Visit
- Before leaving campus, take 5-10 minutes of quiet time to take notes and process all you've learned. Trust how you feel.
- When you're in the car, be the first to recap your visit.
Can't make it to campus? Try a Virtual College Visit!
You can do a virtual visit at campuses in the United States and around the world by watching campus tours on the college websites or on specific sites that offer a variety of campus tour videos:
For another look at a bird's eye view of life on a college campus, Google "A day in the life at XYZ college". Explore student content shared on social media and/or YouTube.