Most colleges have a couple of ways to do this:
- Students can call the admissions office at the university
- Visit the website – there will be a form to fill out and the university will contact you with a confirmation about day and time
What is available on a college visit?
Students and parents are able to meet with an admission counselor in either a group or individual setting. A tour of the campus is also available.
*Ask to speak with the admission counselor who will be reading your application. It is a great idea for the admission counselor to get to know you because this could help with being admitted to the school and even for scholarship or financial aid.
Can I visit a class or meet with a professor?
Yes, but it depends on the availability of the class and the professor. By doing this, students are able to know more about the university than just the information available on the tour and meeting with the admission counselor.
Can I spend the night?
Yes. Most universities have students who are willing to be hosts for perspective students. There may be restrictions on days and time of year when this is available. Again, this is a great way to know about the university.
What do I see on the tour?
The tour should consist of visiting classrooms, residence halls, cafeterias, the recreational center, library, and any main focal point of the campus. Bring a camera along to take pictures to help know what each school offers.
What kind of questions should I ask on a college visit?
- How many students attend here?
- What are the most popular majors?
- What assistance is available for students who struggle?
- Are the residence co-ed, single sex, or both?
- What kind of extra-curricular activities are available?
- What are the different types of meal plans available?
- What do you like best/worst of the school?
- Make a list of questions to ask either the admissions counselor or tour guide
If you have extra time, walk around the campus and ask students what they think of the school. Ask them some of the same questions that you asked the admission counselor and tour guide to see if the answers match up. Remember - Admissions counselors and tour guides are there to sell the school.