Juniors, it’s time for some college planning! Why not start the process by going on campus visits? You can find out basic information about a college and university via the Internet, but until you take a trip to that campus, the actual experience is just hypothetical. It’s hard to explain, but there is a feeling you get when you visit a campus and you know you’ve found the right college; it almost feels like a second home. And trust me, you’ll know when a school isn’t the right fit (cue The Bachelor rose ceremony). For some of you, this is the first time you’re thinking about college, while others already decided who they want as a roommate. Here are some tips that will help with your visits:
Call in advance
It is best to call two weeks in advance of your visit. It helps the college tailor the tour toward your needs. For example, if you want to visit a specific department for your ideal major or view a certain residence hall on campus, they will try to make it happen! Plus, you can talk to representatives from admissions and financial aid to discuss applying and paying for college.
Visit while school is in session
Scheduling your visit while school is in session will help you get a feel for the campus environment. If you base your decision solely on the school’s website, you’re not getting the full experience. Let’s face it, every website will feature the most beautiful person on campus – smiling or laughing while their hair is blowing in the wind on a sunny day. Their tactic is enticing and inviting for you as a student. In person, you can walk around the campus and soak up the environment. A campus tour will let you see all aspects of the college, including classrooms, dorms, the dining halls, fitness center, and numerous labs.
Ask a lot of questions
It is helpful to prepare yourself with questions ahead of time. I know what you’re thinking, “Wynter, what exactly should I ask?” No worries, we have you covered. For ideas of questions to ask, check out these questions we’ve provided for you! Of course, take lots of notes (no whining), it will be beneficial when you compare each school you’ve visited later down the road. Think of campus visits like The Bachelor TV show, your college should have good relationship qualities because you will be investing four years of your life and money into the institution.
Talk to your student ambassador
The college will have a tour guide show you around campus. Your guide will give you information on the college, fun facts about each building, and share different activities you can participate in on campus. Plus, it is the perfect time to ask your guide about their college experience. Also, take some time and tour places on your own. If there is a friend who goes to the school, set up a time to meet with them. Usually, their opinion is open and honest. It helps to get multiple perspectives.
Now go forth, juniors, and make us proud by making the most out of your campus visits!