6 Steps to Get the Most out of a College Visit

Visiting a college campus helps you get a sense of what a college - and life at that college - is like. This can help you decide whether the college is right for you. Here are 6 tips to help you navigate your next college visit. 

1. Decide Where and How

See if your school arranges group trips to colleges or if you could get a group of friends together and visit several college campuses. A family trip is another option and allows you to involve your family in the process.

2. Prepare for Your Visit

Before you set out, get a map of the college campus and pick out places of interest. Call the college's admissions office to schedule a guided tour of the campus.

3. Take Your Own Tour

Just wandering around the campus on your own or with friends can be the best way to get a feel for what a college is like.

4. Explore the Facilities

Find the spots on campus where students gather or ask a student where the best place to eat is, to get a feel for the character of the college. Visit the library and check out the gym or theatre. Ask an enrollment counselor if you can tour a dorm and a classroom. 

5. Make Connections

Talk to current students. Ask the students at the next table or sitting nearby what they like best about the college.

6. Take Notes

During your visit, write down some notes about your experience. What did you see that excited you? Are there aspects of the college you didn't like? If so, what are they?

Information from collegeboard.org