Tagged: Campus Visits
June 16, 2017 at 1:53 PM #1236
What is the best advice you have ever received about campus visits?June 16, 2017 at 2:09 PM #1237
I was talking to a Chicago dad recently who shared the best advice he received regarding campus visits. “Go to XXX for the weekend, and tour these three schools, and you will significantly narrow the playing field right off the bat.” These three schools had very different characteristics. One was a large public school, one was mid-size private, and the last was a small religiously based private college. The dad told me, “It worked like a charm! My son was able to see which campus environment and size of school made him most comfortable, and for us that meant the place he would be most successful.” They went on to tour other campuses, and were able to focus in on those that would provide the best environment based on what they had learned that very first weekend out.June 21, 2017 at 10:04 AM #1246
As a student myself, my best advice would be to visit colleges early in your senior year. This helps thin your choices. Often times you can apply while visiting and your application fee is waived!September 17, 2017 at 5:48 PM #3927
If the college offers it, arrange for an overnight visit with a chance to stay in the dorm. Beyond the tour, you will really get a feel for the campus life to determine if it’s a good fit for you.October 3, 2017 at 5:48 PM #4091
It’s nice to schedule an overnight visit with a friend who attends the university that you are visiting. That way you can meet some of his/her friends and talk about the pros and cons of the university. Another good idea is scheduling some time to sit in on a class. Call Admissions ahead of time and ask if that’s a possibility. If they allow it, they usually maintain a list of classes that are amenable to prospective students sitting in. It’s a good way to observe how students interact in the classroom and gauge the difficulty of college classes. If you know what you want to major in, try to set up a meeting with a teacher or department head. That meeting can provide you with a lot of information that you can’t find online, and sometimes that person will put in a good word with Admissions. Bottom line: Think about the fact that you will not only be taking classes but also living in that college environment for at least four years. Make sure it’s a place where you can learn and grow.
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