College Visits–Making the Most of Your Time on Campus

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:

Address:

Website:

Admissions Contact:

Phone Number:

Email Address:

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?
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