The great thing about campus visits is that you really get to see what a college is like. Reading about it is fine, but it’s a lot different to be there in person. You can pick up on the essence or soul of a campus that simple words can’t communicate. Campus visits go a long way in helping your admissions process, so make sure you get the most out of it! Here are a few tips for anyone wishing to maximize their experience.
The campus tours I’ve been on were led by groups of experienced students or college professors. Asking them your questions and telling them about your doubts is a good way to get advice on things like financial aid or tutoring.
My mother told me to bring a notebook when I went on a tour at Wake Forest University. I thought it was dumb at the time, but looking back on it, she was right. You can’t expect to remember everything you’re told, and you don’t want to get something wrong when applying for college because of a faulty memory. Throughout the tours, you’ll be led through different buildings to give you a general idea of the layout of campus. You don’t have to remember every single building you see, but picking out one or two landmarks and writing them down can go a long way in helping you find classes later.
You may run into professors or students in labs or classrooms during your tour. Most are working and don’t want to be disturbed, but if they come out and talk to a group, they can be a wonderful resource. I had a great experience with a biology professor during one of my campus visits, which made me very enthusiastic to apply.
Remember to have fun during your visits. Learning about history and academics is great, but it doesn’t help you absorb the atmosphere of the campus. Go ahead and eat at local restaurants or check out some museums or libraries. Maybe see if there are movie theaters close by. This can help you decide how you will spend your free time—after all, college isn’t just school.
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If you like the campus, the town, and the academics, go ahead and add it to your list. You may be able to get fee waivers for your application, as well as financial aid you didn’t think was possible. You can’t get in if you don’t try!