College Campus Visit Checklist
Campus visits are highly recommended. Before you visit college campuses, consider some of the options below. It is also important to develop a list of questions and plan specific activities in order to accomplish your goals. Junior year and the summer before Senior year are great times to visit a campus. Keep in mind you will get the most clear picture of campus life if you visit during the fall and/or spring semesters when campuses are in full swing. Parents: a college visit is considered an excused absence when you let the office know.
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- Plan at least one full day at each school and a stay overnight, if possible
- Visit when school is in session whenever possible
- Bring a journal to jot down your impressions
- Arrange to meet with an admission officer
- Verify admission requirements (standardized tests and high school preparation)
- Discuss your chances for success in certain programs
- Find out how to apply
- Obtain a school calendar, catalog, and newspaper
- Determine college costs
- Ask about financial aid opportunities, as well as deadlines, forms required, etc.
- Meet with faculty in the department of your intended major
- Attend a class to get an idea of typical size, teaching style, atmosphere, etc.
- Ask about the job placement record for graduates in the field you might study
- Identify career planning services for undergraduates
- Take an official campus tour (be sure to check out the dorms, dining hall, library, etc.).
- Talk to students about the general academic environment and the amount and kind of the study necessary for success
- Find out what student activities (clubs, organizations, intramurals, etc.) are available and about campus life in terms of social activities
- Have a meal on campus
- Investigate transportation options
- Students trust your "gut" about how you feel when you are on campus.
Check out this blog for additional helpful information: http://schoolsofthought.blogs.cnn.com/2013/03/13/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-college-visit/