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How to Get the Most Out of your Campus Visit


Posted on March 19, 2015 by Delaware Valley University .

Visiting a college or university that you’re considering attending is an exciting step in the decision-making process. Setting foot on the campus makes a world of difference from just browsing the college’s website and reading through pamphlets, so it’s crucial to make the most of your visit.

Plan ahead
Before going on your campus visit, make a list of all of the places you want to see. Your tour guide will have a plan of what to show you, but you may want to see buildings or centers the guide has omitted. Let the guide know you’re interested in other areas of the campus. 

Ask questions
The whole point of this visit is to gather as much information about the university as you can, so ask a lot of questions. Go to the visit prepared with a list of questions and be sure to ask about anything that pops into your head while you’re on the tour. 

Decide whether a group or individual tour is best for you
Many colleges and universities offer either group or individual tours. When deciding between them, first consider when the tours are scheduled. Group tours are typically held on set dates at specific times, so if you can’t make one, you may want to opt for an individual tour instead. 

One benefit of a group tour is that you’ll be with many other prospective students who will be asking questions and voicing concerns. This will allow you to hear questions and answers you may not have thought of before and give you even more information about the college.

A benefit of an individual tour is that you may have more flexibility in terms of veering off the tour schedule. If your tour guide doesn’t have certain areas that you want to see mapped out for the tour, he or she may be more willing to go off course during an individual tour rather than a group tour.

Spend the night
Some colleges offer overnight visits, where you’ll meet with a current student, attend his or her classes, club meetings, or athletic practices then spend the night in the student’s residence hall room. Many prospective students believe doing this provides the total college experience, allowing them to eat in the dining areas, stroll around the campus at their leisure and explore academic buildings. It also helps prospective students participate in classroom learning and get a feel for life on campus. 

Take pictures and notes
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all of the information and new sights during your college visit, so taking notes and pictures will help you capture moments you can reflect on later. Bring a camera or use your cell phone camera to take snapshots of buildings, classrooms and student activities. Note all of the areas that you really enjoyed and the ones you didn’t. This will help you with the decision-making process.

Take these tips into consideration to make the most of your campus visit. They’ll help you get as much information out of the visit as possible while also helping you decide if you’re a good fit for the college.