Visit Campus Before You Accept

Visit campus before you accept an admission offer. it's the only way to make a truly informed choice.

Never enroll in a college sight unseen.

Even if you are absolutely certain of your college choice, you should — at minimum — visit both your Plan A and Plan B schools before you decide which will be your home for the majority of the coming years. Circumstances can change, surprises can happen, and the unexpected can become a reality, so you need to be prepared.

You should visit campus before you pay your deposit if possible. While deposits are refundable, make sure you read the fine print. In most cases, they are only refundable up to a certain date, and often not in their entirety.

Why should you visit campus before you accept an offer of admission?

  • The college you pick will be your home for most (if not all) of the coming 4-5 years. You’re much more likely to be successful in school if you are happy at home.
  • This will be one of the biggest monetary investments of your life.
  • A campus visit is the single best way to get a feel for a college’s culture and atmosphere. You won’t be making an informed choice if you have just been reading about the college online and in print.

What could go wrong if you choose to attend a college sight unseen? Read here about Parent College Coach Suzanne Shaffer’s personal experience.

Planning to visit campus?

Ready to plan your campus visit? Find a hotel near campus and links to colleges on our Explore Colleges page.

Explore Colleges

Author: Amy Widner

Amy is editor and lead writer at Smart College Visit. After 20 years in corporate and higher education communication, she is delighted to be able to spend more time writing than wrangling.

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