Visiting College Campuses
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.
- 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
- Weekend Activities Special
- Campus Events How
- Many Students Live on Campus? Commute?
- Sport Events
- Dining Facilities
- Party Scene
- 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.