How many colleges should you visit?

How many colleges should you visit? You don't have to make a campus visit to every college on your list.

How many colleges should you visit? There is no magic number.

When it comes to the college search, one size never fits all — but in simple terms, one visit is not enough and more than you can afford is too many.

At the very least, be sure to visit the first- and second-choice universities before accepting an offer of admission. The college investment is too large to commit to attending sight unseen!

If you are new to planning college visits, we suggest starting off nearby, sort of a practice visit before you spend a lot of time and money. This will help you figure out your college visit formula without having to factor in overnight accommodations and a long drive.

When you get to the serious planning stage, don’t miss out on our Explore Colleges link below. We make it easy by providing a listing of hotels nearest your target campus.

Best advice? Keep your mind open. Never dismiss a college until you’ve actually seen it with your own eyes, because anyone can look good online.


The following posts will help you find the right number for your particular situation.

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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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