College visits can be fun and exciting, however, any experienced parent will tell you that after a few, the facts start to run together, the tours begin to feel the same and you find yourself wondering “which school was it that had that great program for . . . “?
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To make the most of your college visits, pre-planning and note taking during and after the visit are a must. Here is a great worksheet adapted from our “Track It” Workbook:
College Visit Checklist
Name of College:
Before the Visit
- Visit the college website. What is the Mission of the College?
- “Follow” or “Like” the college on Twitter or Facebook
- Find name of local representative
- Schedule a campus tour
- Check out college brochures, Viewbooks, and Facebook pages.
- Make an appointment with an academic advisor from your potential major.
- Consider sitting in on a class within your major
- Note on your calendar local recruitment events such as visits to your high school, college fairs, and introductory sessions at local venues.
- Make a list of reasons you want to attend this school. List reasons for the major you would choose.
- Make a list of questions to ask the Admissions Office, major department or students you encounter.
During the Visit
- Take pictures of the campus.
- Attend a Campus Tour.
- Take notes on your visit to review later.
- Complete an admissions review.
- Check out campus housing options.
- Talk with a representative from your major.
- Check out the area around campus.
- Write down contact information for people you meet.
- Visit library, computer labs, and other campus facilities.
- Dine in the dining facility and/or other local eateries.
- Pick up a copy of the school publication.
- Listen to the school radio station.
- Explore the campus on your own.
After the Visit
- Write thank you notes to everyone you met on your visit.
- Review your notes and compare colleges.
- Rate your school!
- Put the college in the “Yes”, “No” or “Maybe” categories.
Evaluate the School
- Overall Impression
- Which organizations/activities would you join?
- Are there research, internship, study abroad, or volunteer opportunities that appeal to you?
- Are there cultural, athletic, or social activities that you are interested in?