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How to Make to Most of Your College Visit

Updated on August 4, 2015

Visiting colleges is an important way to gain students' interest to attend them. Meeting future professors, touring across the campus, and having lunch with professors and students are only a sample of what they can do to discover what college has to offer. So why visit a college of your interest?

First of all, it will help you to decide what works best for you. This include campus recreation, deciding majors, and the quality of living on the campus. You will also have the opportunity to meet fellow students and observe their feedback on the college. So as you visit the college of your dreams, be sure that you plan ahead to do and see what is in store for you.

If there's a college that attracts you for some reason, schedule a campus visit.  This is a picture of Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
If there's a college that attracts you for some reason, schedule a campus visit. This is a picture of Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

Schedule a campus visit

Whether you are a high school student looking for a good institution of higher learning or just a transfer student, college visits are just for you. The first thing you need to do is make an appointment with an admissions secretary. This can be done on the Internet, via regular mail, or by telephone. You want to pick a day that works best for you. Usually business days (Mondays through Fridays) have more hours of availability than weekends.

You can meet and chat with college students as you're doing a campus visit.
You can meet and chat with college students as you're doing a campus visit.

Plan to share meals with students and professors

If possible, try to allow enough hours for you to enjoy a meal, presumably lunch. Do keep in mind that anyone you want to visit on campus such as professors or students have schedules of their own as well. So pick a day that is convenient for both yourself and the professor.

Majors and campus touring

Also, state your desired area of major to the admissions office and they will plan specific meeting places that are related to your choice of major. In addition, plan a time for some campus touring. The basics include, of course, the department of your future study, a cafe, library, athletic fields, and much more.

To make the most out of your campus visit, plan to spend more time learning what your major has to offer.  For example, if chemistry is your interest, you can meet chemistry professors and students, and perhaps visit a laboratory.
To make the most out of your campus visit, plan to spend more time learning what your major has to offer. For example, if chemistry is your interest, you can meet chemistry professors and students, and perhaps visit a laboratory.

Be prepared

In a few days, you will receive a mailed brochure of the college you are about to visit, as well as series of general information regarding to your major and a schedule. For those who have not yet filled an application for admission, you might receive that, too. When the visit day arrives, it is always a good idea to come well-groomed. You don't actually have to dress up; just wear casually.

Arrive early enough to have a brief tour of the campus and perhaps chat with a student or two. Be on time for all of your visiting and meeting areas. Introduce yourself and be courteous. Ask questions if you are not sure what is being said or need additional information.

San Jose State University.
San Jose State University.

College visits are exciting, fun and an excellent way to learn more about the qualities of a higher education. Even if you want to attend college that is hundreds of kilometers/miles away, do what you can to visit it. Surround yourself with good, caring faculty that want to guide you through the pathway of success, and let students share their experiences that help make the college worthwhile.

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