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College Campus Visit Checklist

Updated on March 25, 2016
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Dartmouth
Dartmouth

When choosing the college or university that is right for you, it is important to make an informed decision. Once you have made a list of the schools that most interest you, it is time to plan your campus visits. Remember that the school you choose will be your home away from home for at least 4 years. To be sure that you select the best fit, consider everything that is important in your life. To create your list of must-see areas of campus, check out the ideas below.

Student Housing

Student housing options often include separate accommodations for freshman. Specifically ask your tour guide if this applies to the schools you are visiting and if so, specifically ask to tour at least one freshman dormitory. Most colleges or universities require students to live on campus for at least 1-2 years. If your goal is to live off campus, inquire about the school’s policy on off-campus housing. When touring the dormitories, pay attention to space. How much square footage are the rooms? How many students live in one room or suite? Are the rooms clean and in good repair? What furnishings are provided and what do you need to bring from home? Identify the smoke detectors, fire alarms and sprinklers in your room and the building in general. Is there air conditioning in your room? Does the room/ building have Wi-Fi? Believe it or not, not all of them do. Is there a student lounge with kitchenette facilities, cable TV, Wi-Fi? Are their co-ed options as well as single gender occupancy? What are the policies on drinking and smoking in the dorms?

Food Service

What meal plans does your campus offer? How much do they cost? What do the meal facilities look like? Are they clean? Do they offer a good variety of options, including vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.? During what hours are meals served? Are there any after-hours options?

Classrooms

You may not tour every building, especially on a larger campus, but pay special attention to the building in which you will be taking most of your classes. How large are the classrooms? Do the rooms have windows? How many students can be accommodated in each room? What is the average class size? Are there working fire alarms, smoke detectors and sprinklers in each facility? Do the buildings have Wi-Fi?

Library

You may be spending a great deal of time studying here, so it’s worth a visit. Is there a good selection of materials from which to choose? Are there private study rooms available for individuals and groups? Does the building have Wi-Fi? What are the hours?

Library at UC Berkeley
Library at UC Berkeley

Athletic Facilities

Health and fitness are important to everyone and maintaining your health becomes harder as we age. Sitting in lectures daily and spending countless hours studying is not a great way to maintain a healthy weight. It’s important to have options for staying in shape and as alternatives to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. Does your campus have adequate work out facilities? Are athletic trainers available to the general student body? Is there a pool, weight room track, etc.? What are the hours? Are they limited if you are not a student athlete? If so, to what times are they limited and will those hours fit into your academic schedule? Does the equipment appear clean and in good repair? How often is the equipment serviced? Does the university offer fitness classes such as yoga, Pilates, Zumba, etc.?

Natatorium at UW Madison
Natatorium at UW Madison

Student Union

What activities are offered at the union? What are the hours? Is there adequate number of areas in which to study, eat, and socialize? Does the furniture appear clean, comfortable and in good repair? Is Wi-Fi available? Are there private rooms available for individual or group study sessions?

Memorial Union Terrace at UW Madison
Memorial Union Terrace at UW Madison

Chapel

What spiritual opportunities exist on campus? Is there a chapel on or nearby? Are there non-denominational services available? Is spiritual counseling available? What about communion? Is Baptism offered? If you have selected a university with a religious affiliation, are you free to be non-practicing? To what extent does religion and /or spirituality factor into daily life on campus and how would that affect your personal belief systems?

Evelyn Chapel at Illinois Wesleyan University
Evelyn Chapel at Illinois Wesleyan University

Greek System

What spiritual opportunities exist on campus? Is there a chapel on or nearby? Are there non-denominational services available? Is spiritual counseling available? What about communion? Is Baptism offered? If you have selected a university with a religious affiliation, are you free to be non-practicing? To what extent does religion and /or spirituality factor into daily life on campus and how would that affect your personal belief systems?

Sigma Kappa
Sigma Kappa

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