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Road Rules: Get the Most Out of a College Visit

Pre Planning

Call to schedule your college visit at least two weeks ahead of time

Many people do not pre-plan their college visit and this can lead to an unproductive visit. If you call ahead of time, the admissions office will be able to accommodate you and ensure you have a great visit.

Make sure to get proper directions to the admissions office

In order to make a good first impression, make sure you know where you’re going so that you can arrive on time. Don’t only trust your GPS! If you have any questions, ask a person on campus or call the Admissions office to help clarify your directions.

If there is anything specific you wish to see, ask ahead of time

Depending upon the year, they may not be able to accommodate you. For example, in the summer months staying overnight or seeing a professor usually does not happen. However, it does not hurt to at least ask if there might be something of specific interest to you.

Be flexible

It may not be possible for the school to schedule everything you would like to see, particularly during the summer. Be willing to try something else, and always remember that you want to present yourself positively– you might want to apply to this school later.

If you need to cancel or reschedule, call ASAP

Of course, you cannot predict emergencies or unforeseen circumstances but it is a common courtesy to contact the admissions office to let them know that you can’t come.

During the Visit
Ask questions

Take an active role. This is a golden opportunity for you to ask questions about what really matters to you.

Try to do some extra things on your own

Eat in the cafeteria, talk to students, see where they hang out and look around the neighborhood of the school. If you look around, you can get a more complete picture, and not just what the admissions office highlights.

Don’t discount the school because of bad weather or other uncontrollable circumstances

Some students cross a school off their list simply because it rained, or because they visited during a school break when activities are minimal. Don’t fall into this trap.

Post Visit

Always write a thank you note

In order to make a great impression, write a thank you note to those you met on campus. This gives you the opportunity to be remembered when your application is reviewed.

Make sure you have contact information for any future questions or concerns

Keep business cards and pamphlets in some organized folder so that you can refer back to them if necessary.

Make sure to remain in contact with the school

Some schools keep a record of contact information and in some cases use that as a measurement of interest level for admissions consideration.

Talk with your high school counselor about the visit

Parents, relatives, and friends are great people to bounce ideas off of when it comes to college visits. But your counselor can provide a neutral and informative perspective on your experiences.

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