February and March are great times for high school students and their families to schedule visits to the colleges that they are seriously thinking about attending. And, according to Cristiana Quinn, a college admissions expert, there are some definite things you should do when visiting a college.
So, before you and your family take the college trip to visit the campus of your dreams, keep these things in mind:
1. Make sure to ask the tough questions, take an official tour, and be a part of an information session
When you visit a college, you will want to attend an information session. While you are in the session, don’t be shy and ask the important questions. What are the 4-year graduation rates? What is the required GPA for merit aid? How difficult is it to get into the classes I want to take? What is the percentage of students who return for their sophomore year? Is the campus safe?
In addition, you will want to take a campus tour. During your tour, ask your guide what they feel is the best thing about this college and what makes it better than another college you are seriously considering?
By taking an official tour and sitting through the information session, you will show the college that you are definitely interested in attending their college. In order to do this, you can usually register on the admissions page or by simply calling the school.
2. Visit the campus when it is IN session
It’s vital to visit the campus when it is in full swing. This way you can even sit in on classes, talk to current students and professors, and be able to understand how the campus really “works.” This is also a good way to see if the college is a good fit for you. Know what you like and dislike and you can even keep a “pros” and “cons” list that you can compare to other colleges you visit.
3. Visit colleges within a six-hour drive
If you are seriously planning on going to college across country, it might be a good idea to wait until you are accepted before you actually visit the college, but if the college you would like to attend is within six hours of driving, it is a great idea to make sure you set up a visit. A college may get the idea that you are not seriously interested in attending if you don’t visit and take a tour or go through an information session. So, don’t leave any doubt and make plans to visit those colleges within that driving distance.
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