Plan Your College Visit – Avoid Surprises

Plan your college visit - avoid nasty surprises

Don’t Waste a Trip. Plan your college visit!

If you’re going to take the time to visit a college, information and careful planning are essential to maximizing your investment of time (and money).

Keep in mind that some colleges do close for a day, a week, or more — and often these closures fall right when you happen to have time off to visit — like major holidays, for example.

Do yourself a favor and plan your college visit well in advance. Check the college’s web site, register if they require it, and make sure there’s room at the inn, if an overnight stay is needed. You’ll find our Explore Colleges link helpful in your planning, because we provide the hotels nearest campus at the top of your results.

Visiting colleges is the best way to see the institution beyond what they publish online and in their brochures, and is really the only way to get a feel for the campus environment, culture, and whether it will be a good fit.

Just starting your college visit journey? How about some more information? See below:

Here are seven reasons to visit colleges before you apply.

And then here are some reasons to visit before you accept an offer.

But keep in mind you don’t need to visit every college on your list.

What’s your college visit game plan?

Author: Amy Widner

Amy is Vice President, Operations at Smart College Visit. She found her 20+ years of experience in corporate and higher education communication to be almost adequate preparation for her recent experience navigating the college search and admissions process with her oldest child. She finds joy in helping ease the process for all.

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