Hints for a Campus Visit

A campus visit is highly recommended.  It is a good idea to visit a number of college campuses in order to get a feel for the location, size, student body, and atmosphere.  Before you visit the campus, consider some of the options below.  It is also important to develop a list of questions and plan specific activities in order to accomplish your goals.

To receive an excused absence for a college visit, you must return with a College Visit Request form signed by a college representative. Juniors and Seniors are allowed 3 days a year for college visits. If other days are needed, please contact Andrea Markert, administrator. The College Comparison Worksheet will help you evaluate the universities and colleges during and after your visits.

  •        Make an appointment.  Call the Admissions Office.  Ask for a tour and indicate your primary area of interests.
  •        Take a transcript.  Take an unofficial copy of your transcript with you.  See your counselor for a copy.
  •        Visit In-session.  If possible, visit when school is in session.  Late spring or fall are the best visiting times.  However, a summer visit is better than no visit at all.
  •        Stay overnight when possible.  Overnight visits will give you more opportunity to meet students and faculty first hand and get a broader view of the school and community.
  •        Include your parents in campus visits.  Parents comments and observations will be useful.  However, be sure to spend some time alone so you can form you own impressions.
  •        Meet with an admission officer.
  •        Verify admission requirements.  Find out what tests and scores are required as well as what courses are expected in your high school preparation.
  •        Discuss your chances for success.  Be open and honest with admission counselors about your strengths and weaknesses.  This will assist them to best identify your chances for success, as well as areas in which   the school has assistance to help you succeed.
  •        Obtain a school calendar and a catalog, if you don’t already have them.
  •        Determine college costs.  Tuition and fees, room and board, as well as other related college expenses.
  •        Ask about financial aid opportunities, as well as deadlines, forms required, etc.
  •        Meet with faculty in the academic area of interest to you.
  •        Ask questions about academic requirements and offerings.
  •        Attend a class to get an idea of typical size, teaching style, and academic atmosphere
  •        Ask about placement record for graduates in the field you might study
  •        Identify career-planning services for undergraduates.
  •        Tour the campus.  Be sure to check out the dorms, dining hall, library, recreational facilities, etc.
  •        Talk to students about the general academic environment and the study commitment necessary for success
  •        Find out about student activities.  Ask about what clubs, organizations, churches, intramurals, etc. are available.
  •        Inquire about campus life and social activities.
  •        Investigate transportation options.
  •        Keep notes about your visit.  Do not rely on your memory, particularly if other college visits are to follow.
  •        Write thank you notes to all college personnel who gave their time to you in this way.