Visiting a college is an important step in deciding where you want to go after high school. Getting a proper feel for where you might spend the next four years is extremely helpful. Here are a few tips when you plan your college visit.
Go During Academic Session
While it may be appealing to plan your college tour during your free summer months, visiting when classes are in session tells you much about the campus. It will allow you to see how crowded campus is between classes, give you an idea of how long it might take to get across campus, and also what the student population’s personality is like.
Sit In On A Class
It’s really beneficial to sit in on a class if you can. Larger lecture classes are usually easy to sneak into. Smaller classes, you should plan ahead and ask permission. Call the college and ask about the process for such a request.
Plan Your Questions
Campus tours are usually conducted by students. Some must-ask questions include living on campus, about dining halls, and just about anything you can think of (with intelligence, of course). If you have a chance to talk to faculty, especially in the field you’re interested in, talk to them about curriculum or the school’s ideology for that field.
Know What You’re Looking For
A campus visit tells you about a school. Sometimes you can go and realize “Oh, I want a campus with more trees” or “I want a place that’s smaller”. But it’s very helpful to have an idea of what you want before your visit. This can help make your pros and cons list when it comes down to choosing a college. Prioritize your checklists: What is most important? What would be nice, but not necessary?
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