How to: Visit A College

by alliprokop on August 23, 2011


Crazy how fast time flies, but my Junior year of high school was already in the rear-view  mirror.  This meant that only one more year until college.  If I had a dime for every time I was asked where I was thinking of applying and replied with, “I don’t know” I would have enough to pay for tuition.  This eventually motivated me to ponder the idea of college.  I had heard that visiting the campus of a school was a really good way to figure out what you were looking for.  I thought this was a great idea, however I did not know where to start.  I’m sure some of you are in the same boat I was in a couple of months ago, and that’s where this “How to” comes in.

1. Find at least one thing you are interested in for a college, whether that being location, major, price, ect.

2. Next you’ll want to research schools online.  A lot of websites have virtual tours that you can view to get a better idea of the colleges that you’ll actually want to visit.

3. After deciding what schools you want to tour the campus of it is time to make another visit to the website.  Most of the school websites are set up in a similar manner, however they will vary slightly.  It can be tricky navigating the websites packed with information; I suggest looking under the “about” section to set up a campus visit.  An alternative option is to type campus visit into the search engine if they have one.  From there you can schedule the visit.

4. Next step in the process is the fun part, the actual visit! Be sure to arrive on time so that so the tour doesn’t start without you.  Another helpful reminder is to jot down notes along the way about what you like and don’t like.  Taking notes is a good way to distinguish between the schools you like and those you don’t because after awhile they might all start to blend together in your memory.  Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions it can only benefit you.

Good luck & I hope this helps!


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