College visits are a great way to gain perspective on whether the school is a good fit for your student. They help students explore what the college has to offer and are a great way to demonstrate interest. This is essential, especially as some colleges track applicant interest closely and also use it as a criteria while evaluating applicants. Here is a handy to-do list to make the most of your visit.
Things to do before the college visit
- Research the college ahead of time using Fiske guide, college website, Campus Reel and College Data
- If possible, register for an overnight visit or plan visit when school is in session
- Sign up for an info session, campus tour, housing tour and interview (if applicable) using the college website
- Prepare a few questions to ask the admissions officer and tour guide
Things to do at the college visit
- Attend the info session, campus and housing tours and ask questions
- Sit in on a class (or two)
- Talk to the faculty in the area of your interest
- Eat at the cafeteria
- Talk to the students
- Pick up the school’s student magazines or newspaper
- Don’t forget to take pictures of campus
Things to do after the college visit
- Send a thank you follow up e-mail to admissions officer
- Maintain a notebook with pictures and notes reflecting upon your visit, while it is still fresh in your mind.
- Most importantly see if you can you imagine yourself as a student here.