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The Ultimate Campus Visit Planning Checklist

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Posted on February 17, 2015 by Delaware Valley College.

Visiting college campuses is an exciting part of the decision-making process regarding higher education, but it can also be overwhelming. It’s important to plan out your visit so you can see as much as possible when you get to the schools and make the most of your visits. 

Follow this checklist when planning to visit colleges so you’re fully prepared.

Arrange a Visit
Contact the admission office at the college you want to check out so you can set up your visit. You’ll reserve a spot for a group tour or an individual tour hosted by a member of the admissions office or a current student. Find out whether the college hosts information sessions as well, which are brief discussions with an admission representative who goes over basic information about the college.

Explore the College’s Website
Before embarking on your campus tour, find out as much as you can about the college. Browse the college’s website and course catalog and see what kinds of clubs and organizations are available so you can discuss them with your tour guide. Maybe you can even check out a particular class or club while you’re on campus. 

Meet with a Financial Aid Office Representative
You’ll want to consider the cost when choosing a college, so meeting with a member of the financial aid office staff is a must during your campus visit. You’ll be able to find out more information about expenses such as tuition, room and board and meal plans as well as possibilities for loans and scholarships.

Plan an Overnight Visit
Some colleges offer overnight visits for potential students. As part of these visits, potential students typically shadow current students, attending their classes, club meetings and athletics. Then the students spend the night in the dorms to really get a feel for the college experience.

If you’re interesting in an overnight visit, talk to the admission office to arrange one. 

Schedule a Meeting with a Professor
While you’re setting up a college visit, ask the admission office if you can schedule a meeting with a professor in the area that you’d like to study. Talking to a professor about the program you’re interested in, subject material and courses will greatly benefit you and help you make your decision.

Prepare for the Visit
Before you go for a college visit, make sure you’re prepared. Write down a list of questions to ask the tour guide, financial aid office, professors and students so you don’t forget anything. You’ll also want to take a notebook to write down information and a camera to capture images of the college. The day of your visit will probably be a whirlwind, so taking notes and photos will allow you to reflect on the experience after you’ve let everything sink in.

Remember these tips when planning for your college visit to make the most of your experience. By preparing in advance, you’ll be able to see everything you want in order to make an informed decision about where to go to college.