During your senior year of high school, time creeps up fast as you are working on balancing school, sports, social life, and extra clubs or activities you might be involved in, all on top of various applications and college visits. For this reason, it is so important that you take advantage of each college visit and try to get as much as possible out of each one! If you are visiting numerous colleges, this is even more important as the more campuses you visit, the more likely they will begin to mesh together until you gradually forget the factors that set each college apart. Due to being on both sides of a campus visit-being the visitor and being the one giving the tour-I have determined some important aspects to consider when visiting a campus. Firstly, consider if you like the overall feeling of the campus. This includes not just what the particular campus is like, but the atmosphere is like or the faculty/staff? Being comfortable and at home is so necessary, especially if you are going to be a resident, because it’s where you will be spending the majority of your time. Next, ask yourself what the school has to offer you as a student. In other words, what are the benefits or advantages of a given campus-what makes it unique and sets it apart from other colleges? For example, this could be free printing, free laundry, more one-on-one time with professors, and so many more things. These things can help you deem which college you will get more out of in the end. Another helpful thing to do when visiting a campus is to envision what you see yourself doing in your free time. Are there any clubs, intramural sports teams, or etc. that you find yourself interested in. I know it may be hard to believe, but there’s more to your college career than simply studying and class. You don’t want to be stuck at a college of which contains no extra activities and groups that attract you. Lastly, and what I would consider most important, make sure you ask your tour guide questions! Don’t be shy or feel that it’s not an important question, because I can almost guarantee that someone else has the same question but is too afraid to ask. Even more so, your question is almost 100% of the time going to inform others’ you may be with, of new information.
How to get the most out of a campus visit