Maximize Your Visit to a College Campus

Visiting a college campus is similar to test driving a car. You get to see firsthand how everything works and generate an overall feel for the place. This type of experience allows you to judge which campus is a good fit for your personality as well as your academic goals.

Enjoy yourself while you are walking around and getting familiar with the layout. But also pay close attention to a few key areas.

  1. Visit one of the classes – If you have chosen a major, ask if you can sit and monitor one of the classes that will lead to your particular degree. You can gain valuable information about the average size of the class, the preferred teaching style of the professor as well as the overall condition of the classroom.
  2. Tour the overall campus – This is a great way to get acquainted with the college. You can find out about any historical sites, learn where the hot spots are located and get a feeling of how life goes on at this location. It is possible to meet a few current students and ask them of their opinion of the school and find out why they chose to come to this college.
  3. Go prepared with questions – Make sure to jot down all the questions you may have for different personnel at the school such as financial assistance, admission counselor, teachers as well as students. Keep these questions handy when you visit a school and make notes at each university or college that you visit.
  4. Get a copy of the local paper prepared by the students – Most colleges and universities have a newspaper that is produced by a collection of volunteer students. The paper will highlight the items that are of top priority to the student body and can also offer a calendar of events on campus. Newspapers are easy to find, usually located in high traffic areas such as libraries, dining halls and student dorm entries.
  5. Spend the night – What better way to see how a “day in the life” will transpire than to spend the night at a dorm. You can take advantage of the time by roaming the aisles at the main library to see what technology is available to students. You may be able to buy a day pass and eat a meal or two in one of the cafeterias. This allows you to act like one of the students for a day to determine how you might fit in.
  6. Get input from other students – While you are at the dorm talk to some of the students. Explain that you are considering enrolling at the college and ask them for their input. Find out as much as you can about all sorts of activities away from class such as sporting events, clubs, community outreach projects, and other items that are important to you. Try to talk to several people so that you can get a well rounded picture.
  7. Take note of prices at the local bookstore – If you have an idea of the degree you would like to pursue stop by the local bookstore and ask for a list of textbooks required for the upcoming semester. You can develop a price range for the books and prepare yourself for the additional expense when the new semester starts.
  8. Visit a game or activity – If you have learned of a particular sport or activity that interests you find out if there is an upcoming match and go watch. You might fall in love with the school when you see how they respond at a game or it may turn you off.
  9. Get away from campus and into town – Obviously you will be doing more than just attending class. You need to get familiar with grocery stores, restaurants, clothing outlets and other important places to see if they are within your budget.
  10. Speak with the financial aid office – The counselors in this office will have the most up to date information about scholarship deadlines, new grants and any other possible financial aid that can help you finish your degree.
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