According to a 2007 Eduventures study, 71 percent of high school students consider a campus visit the most trusted source of information about a school. While weighing your college options, it is a good idea to see first-hand what life is like on campus. You'll be able to assess whether or not the school is a good fit for you based on what you observe. Here's how to make the most out of your next campus visit.
Preparing For The Trip
Before you hit the road, it helps to define what your college dealbeakers are and which questions you will ask. The College Board recommends doing the following before you head out:
1. Make a list of what is most important to you about a school, whether it's classroom size or academic clubs. Bring the list with you to each visit and take notes on each category.
2. Research the school. Check out the website, course catalogue, and get a map if possible so you'll be able to find your way around.
3. Schedule your visit when classes are in session and there's plenty of activities going on so you can observe everything.
4. Arrange to attend any club meetings or classes that you're interested in learning about.
Admissions and Academics
The college admissions process can involve many steps, and it is important to understand when you need to apply and whether or not the prospective school has the degree programs that will support your goals.
1. Set up an interview with a program manager (admissions counselor) to ask questions about the application process and get an idea of what type of students they're looking for.
2. Meet with a member of the college's financial aid support team to find out about loan and scholarship options to ease the financial burden of your education.
3. Sit down with a professor in the area you are looking to pursue and talk about the required courses, major projects, and even career trajectories for graduates in the area of your interest.
While you're there, get a feel of what it's like to be a student.
1. Check out bulletin boards to see what kinds of events take place on campus.
2. Talk to current students about their favorite and least favorite aspects of the school.
3. Check out the career placement services center so you can ask about the career placement services, resume help, and job searching assistance within the college.
As long as you are prepared for the on-campus visit, you should be able to get valuable insight about whether or not the school is right for you. Your decision will be way easier knowing