When it comes time to find colleges, you’re going to find yourself attending a few campuses to see if you like the atmosphere, the classes and how the college works overall. It’s always important to visit the college before you apply because it’s similar to a car, you won’t want to buy a car without test running it first.
When you start making your visits to college campuses, there are some things that you should do every time to make the selection process a lot easier for you.
Arrange a tour – Never just show up at a college without a tour setup. A tour guide is going to be able to show you a lot more than you could by yourself. Sure, you can go there by yourself but you’re not going to see everything you can without a tour guide. Tours can usually be set up via a number or e-mail on the university’s website.
Grab contact information – When you meet with people at the college, make sure that you get a business card or some sort of contact information from them. This way, if you have any questions in the future, you can go straight to the source.
Talk with an admissions officer – When you plan on going to the campus, try and set up a meeting with an admission officer. This person will be able to assist you with any questions you may have. From information on certain programs to the costs of dorms, etc. It’s always important to get as many questions answered as possible.
Talk with students – A college is a business and the tour guide and admission officer is going to talk highly about the school. If you want a true opinion of the school, try talking with a few students on the campus. This will generally give a good idea on if the school is up to par or not. If you’re uncomfortable talking with students, you can always look at college review sites online.
Pick up some brochures – Colleges are usually loaded with campus books, newspapers and brochures. Try and pick up as many of these as possible. By reading these, it will give you a better understanding on the college, it’s student life and more.
Check out the area around it – If you plan on living on the campus, try driving around the city around it. You may find that with some cities that there is no life at all when it comes to the city life around the college. See what kind of shopping, restaurants, bars, etc are around so that you can keep yourself entertained when you’re not studying.
When visiting a college, write down what you loved about it and what you hated about it. In the end, compare your notes and try to imagine yourself going to one of these schools. By taking a tour alone, this will give you a better idea on the college and it’s atmosphere.