Questions to ask on the Admitted Student Campus Visit

admitted student decision time yes - noAfter the research on colleges is complete, applications submitted, and offers of admission made, next comes decision time and the admitted college student campus visit.

Preview Day.  Freshman Focus. Connect.  Meet and Greet.

No matter what they’re called, admitted student visit days are about giving the student the opportunity for one last look at school before deciding where to spend the next four years of college life.  The college wants you. Now, you have to decide if you want the college.

I asked admissions consultants Jeannie Borin and John Carpenter, along with Jane Kulow, mother of an admitted college student, for their advice on this topic.

In addition to the questions below from all three contributors, Jane shared the importance of the admitted student visit for her son: “Our logic is this:  he spent many hours working on his application materials trying to make himself attractive to these schools. Now that they have invited him to attend, this is their opportunity to try to woo him. He should fully participate, appreciate and enjoy that recruitment process.”

Questions to Ask at the College

Academics (will it work for me?)

  • What happens if I change my major?
  • How will I obtain credit for AP, IB and/or college level courses completed?
  • What leadership opportunities does the honors program offer?
  • Are there internship or study abroad opportunities for my major?
  • Here is what I’m interested in studying… Can I put together this sort of interdisciplinary program here?

Lifestyle (will I like it here?)

  • Are students active in student organizations/extracurriculars?
  • Do students participate in community based projects?
  • Do the faculty and students seem to be friendly?
  • How long can I live on campus?

Cost (can I afford it?)

  • What does an average semester monthly budget look like?
  • What are the hidden costs — those beyond tuition, room and board, books and student fees?
  • Are there scholarship opportunities in my major once I am enrolled?

Questions to Ask Yourself

  • What values can I identify that are important to this college?  Are they important values to me?
  • If I like what I am feeling now, how is different from the other schools where I’ve been admitted and am considering?
  • Can I recognize the purpose of the weekend is to get me to like this school?
  • Can I get what I’m looking for, and do what I want to do — learn, participate, lead, grow — at this college?
  • Does this college feel right? Why/why not?

The admitted student campus visit is far more evaluative than the more exploratory, traditional visit a student goes on prior to applying to college. The important thing to remember is that college really is what you make of it. Wherever you enroll, you will find tremendous opportunities to learn, grow, and connect. Make your choice, then make it work.

If you have a question you’d like our panel of experts to answer, please submit your question here.

Jeannie Borin is founder of College-Connections and a frequent contributor to Smart College Visit.

John Carpenter blogs at Ask John About College and is author of Going Geek: What Every Smart Kid (and Every Smart Parent) Should Know About College Admissions.

Jane Kulow, mother of three teens, chronicles her family’s college-bound journey at Dr. Strange College.

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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