For juniors and seniors who are spending hours and hours filling out college applications and working on getting into their top college, visiting the actual campus is highly important. No matter what college you are looking at, visiting the campus and getting a tour and a feel for the life their is a great way to know if you will enjoy the college or not. Scheduling a campus visit before going is crucial and requires key steps so you can get the best and most informative visit possible. Here are four things you should consider before scheduling a campus visit:.
1. What section of the school are you most interested in learning more about?
Before scheduling your campus visit, think about what you like that the school has to offer or if a specific program they have interest you. You can talk to the campus visit guides and tour students and let them know what you’d like to see in depth.
2. Group tour or individual?
While most schools offer group tours, many offer individual trips as well, and a lot offer both. Consider whether you would like to see the school with a private tour guide or get a viewing with a huge group of students. Many times, a huge group allows you to go to different presentations on the programs the school offers, and individual tours are more private and let you ask question to someone directly.
3. How much time do you want to spend there?
Some students like to visit a campus for only an hour to get a brief overview, while others could take more than a day to check out everything. Don’t be too light on your trip, rather consider how much time you might need. This will help you when you’re scheduling your campus visit time and will also give you the chance to make your schedule one you like while visiting. You can talk to counselors, visit different buildings, and much more. Always be prepared before taking your trip.
4. If you are traveling a longer distance, try to schedule visits of multiple schools on the same trip.
If you are going to need to travel far in order to visit a school and there are other schools in the area that interest you, try to save yourself some time (and frequent flyer miles) and schedule them all for the same trip. If you live in Oklahoma and there are 4 Texas colleges that interest you, it does not make sense to make 4 trips to Texas. If you can schedule them all over a few days and just make one big trip out of it.
Use these tips before visiting a campus and be ready for a great, interesting college visit.