Visiting College Campuses

By: Jeannie Borin, M.Ed. Image

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the many buildings, programs and informational tours. A preplanned checklist of what you want to see is a good idea. 

Here are some things to look out for while you tour different colleges.

Admission Criteria

  • Requirements and What to Include with Application
  • When to Apply GPA & Test Scores (if required)
  • Scholarships Offered
  • Student Support/Counseling Center


  • Professor Availability
  • Popular Programs
  • Average Size of Class (ratio to student)
  • Possible Internships
  • Study Abroad Opportunities
  • Available Technology
  • Library Facilities

 Campus Life

  • Greek–Fraternities/Sororities
  • Weekend Activities Special
  • Campus Events How
  • Many Students Live on Campus? Commute?
  • Sport Events
  • Dining Facilities
  • Party Scene 

 Campus Setting

  • Where is College Located? Too Remote? Too Urban? Near a City?
  • What is Surrounding Community Like? Campus Town? - 
  • Look of the College Dorms and Nearby Housing
  • Lecture Halls & Classrooms
  • Clean, Easy Access, Transportation
  • Libraries Security & Safety,
  • Campus Police Availability
  • Current Building Projects
  • How Well Are Current Facilities Maintained?
  • Recreation Center

 While visiting, here are some additional suggestions:

  • Take a campus informational tour.
  • Set up an interview with an admission officer.
  • Audit a course.
  • Speak with a professor or representative at the department in your field of interest.
  • If you are pursuing athletics, talk to a coach in your sport.
  • If possible, stay overnight in a dorm with a friend or relative.
  • Pick up the campus newspaper.
  • Spend time in the Student Union and eat in the cafeteria.
  • Speak to students and ask questions.
  • Find the center of campus and have a seat for 30 minutes.
  • Take a look at the college bookstore.
  • Ask a student what he/she loves and hates about the college.
  • Tour the community surrounding the campus.
  • Ask a student if you can see their dorm room.
  • Ask yourself if you could feel at home at this college.
  • Take lots of notes and pictures.
  • Most importantly: Enjoy Yourself!

Jeannie Borin, M.Ed., is founder of College-Connections, a Professional College and Educational consulting firm and also a frequent participant in #CampusChat

Z. Kelly Queijo

Author: Z. Kelly Queijo

Kelly is founder of Smart College Visit and Smart College Consulting. When she's not creating content for the blog or clients, tweeting, or hosting #CampusChat, she's planning her next mobile move.

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