Bring your phone along when you visit campus, but remember to silence the ringer during the tour and info session. Instead of talking on the phone, try some of these features to enhance your campus visit experience:
1. Say cheese
Take a photo of the entrance to campus, preferably with you in the photo! Most colleges and universities have a noteworthy gateway that includes the name of the college or university. Stop on your way in to take a picture. Later, when you're back home, this visual reminder will come in handy as you review and evaluate all the colleges you visited.
2. Don't sweat the parking pass
If the college you are visiting requires a parking pass, grab your phone when you exit the car to enter the Visitor Center. Take a photo of your car's license plate before you enter. If the Center requires your license plate number, you won't have to go back outside to get it. Just pull up the photo on your phone to read it off.
3. Stay alert
Find out which schools on your visit list have a text message or an e-mail alert system. Sign up a day or so before you hit the road. This can come in handy if severe weather or other factors occur that affect school closings. You can always unsubscribe once you're back home.
Location check-in services such as Gowalla or Foursquare aren't just fun ways to let folks know where you are, at some schools a check-in may result a reward either virtual or real. Prospective students who check-in at the University of New Haven can earn a fee-waiver for the application fee.
5. On your own
Many colleges offer a self-guided walking tour available either as a web-based application or as a mobile app. Search for this on the school's website.
6. There may be an app for that
The number of colleges offering mobile apps is on the rise. Apps for prospective students include engaging, interactive apps such as scavenger hunts and navigational, mobile campus guides making it easy and fun to explore campus. SmartCollegeVisit.com recently developed the "Visit Virginia Tech" mobile app. Check it out if you're visiting their campus and let us know what you think!
“Where are you now?” - text messaging comes in handy when parents and teens need to meet up when attending different tours or information sessions. CUL8TR.