Governor, education leaders tout importance of campus visits

Governor Heineman and higher education leaders gathered August 22 to promote the Go.Visit.College! initiative, the importance of campus visits, and to announce that Nebraska is now a top-ten college-going state.  Click on the following links for more details:

Governor’s News Release
About the Go.Visit.College! Initiative
How EducationQuest is supporting campus visits

Pictured above: Doane College President Jacque Carter, Southeast Community College President Jack Huck, Governor Heineman, UN-L student Matt Moore, NU President J.B. Milliken, and Stan Carpenter, Chancellor of the Nebraska State College System.

Tips for a successful campus visit!

GoVisitCollegeWhy should I go on a campus visit?
It’s kind of like buying a new pair of shoes – you have to try them on first. Through a campus visit, you can get a feel for the college and determine if it’s the right fit.

When should I visit?
Visit during your junior year and in the fall of your senior year. Schedule your visits while college is in session – you won’t get the true flavor during school breaks or finals week.

How do I set up a campus visit?
Start by reviewing campus visit information on the college website, and then contact the admissions office to set up your visit.  Ask to meet with someone in admissions, financial aid, and possibly with a faculty member in your anticipated area of study.  

What questions should I ask?
Some basic questions are listed below. Click here for a more comprehensive list. 

Ask an admissions representative…

  • What is the deadline to apply for admission?
  • What housing options are available?
  • What general education classes are required?
  • How do I learn about internships?
  • Are there study-abroad opportunities?

Ask a financial aid counselor…

  • What is the cost of tuition, fees, room & board, and books?
  • How do I apply for scholarships and financial aid, and what are the deadlines?
  • Are academic and departmental scholarships available?
  • What are some suggestions for financing college?

Ask a faculty member…

  • How can I determine if this area of study is right for me?
  • What can I expect for coursework and workload over the next four years?
  • What are the biggest challenges faced by students in this major?
  • Are classes taught by professors or graduate assistants?

Parents…here are some questions for YOU to ask:

  • How can I help my student transition to college?
  • What safety and security systems are in place?
  • Who do I contact if I have concerns about how my student is doing in college?
  • Will I have access to my student’s grades and other college records? 

Take LOTS of notes and photos during your tour. You’ll be glad you did when it’s time to compare colleges and narrow your choices.