By the end of your junior year, you should plan visits to the colleges that most interest you. The best time to visit is during the week when classes are in session so you can get a feel for the campus culture, but the summer is also a popular time.
You can always visit on your own, but the best way to experience a campus is on an official tour.
Call the college admissions office to make an appointment for your tour at least two weeks in advance. Tours are usually done in groups and led by a student who can answer many of your questions.
While on campus:
Other things to consider on your visit:
- Meet with an admissions representative, a teacher in the department you're interested in, or the coach if you're thinking of playing on a sports team – be sure to arrange such meetings ahead of time.
- Review lab, studio or practice spaces for specialized majors like science, art or music — are they adequate and up-to-date?
- Eat in the dining hall or cafeteria during your visit — how do you like the food?
- How will you get to and from campus? Will it be easy to get home during school breaks?
- What are the estimated travel costs?
- Take time to read course descriptions either online or in the printed course catalog. Are they interesting and pertinent to your major?
Use the campus tour checklist to make the most of your visit.