Authored by Rodney Southern in College Education
Published on 01-02-2009
The process of visiting potential college campuses is one of the first things that a high school student will do for his college future. It is vital that they know the basics of what to do, and more importantly, what not to do when visiting these college campuses. This will be a student’s best chance to find out if a college is right for them, and it should be done with that in mind. There are a number of things that can enhance the college campus visit.
Before a student ever steps foot on the campus, they should request some materials from the college. This is to get a general idea of the college and what it has to offer. There are thousands of schools out there, and you must trim the options down somehow. If you have a general idea of the schools you would consider, request information from the admissions department. They often will offer brochures, catalogs, and other print material that is beneficial in trimming the list to a manageable one. Also, the web has made this even easier. Do a quick Google search for the school in question and you can usually find a ton of great information.
Once you have the list trimmed, then set up a date to visit with the colleges in question. Try to avoid visiting on any day other than Fridays. Fridays are the best days, as you can often sit in on some classes and see what happens on the weekends. When you set up the visit to a college, they will often provide a student tour guide. This is extremely helpful, and can enhance your college visit immensely. Seeing what the college looks like through the eyes of a student is much more effective than any other view.
Take some time to mingle with other students while you are visiting a college campus. The other students are the absolute best sources of information for a potential student. Ask them what they love about the school, as well as what they do not care for. Do not shy away from questions. Allow the students to give you both sides of the coin and take advice with a grain of salt. You will quickly find that the weaknesses of a given school end up being the opinion of only a few. For this reason, you should take a general average of what you hear over and over. If you hear that the class sizes are way to big over and over, then you are probably getting good information, for example.
Make sure you visit with your department leaders in the area you plan to study. These will be your future leaders, and seeing what they are like can be very helpful in making a decision. Take time to ask about extracurricular activities and ways that you can enhance your studies. These are very important to your development in college.
If you take the time to plan, and ask the right questions, visiting a college campus can be very effective and helpful. Always know what you are looking to find out, and only visit those schools that offer what you are looking for.