College Visits: What to do Before, During, and After

5 things to do BEFORE you visit

  1. Research the school and major options
  2. Check to see if the school is doing an on-campus interview
  3. Contact coaches, departments, professors or current students to meet while you are on campus
  4. Prepare a list of questions (choose from our guide) you want to ask that you cannot find in an internet search (* Pro-tip- ask the same questions on all your visits so you can compare the answers).
  5. Look at last year’s supplement questions to see what the school cares about. (google school name and supplemental essay questions or check out Collegevine

6 Things to do ON your visit

  1. Eat a snack or grab a bite in the cafeteria or wherever students hangout
  2. Do the “Map” test–  look lost or pull out the map and see if someone helps you
  3. Take pictures and grab a school newspaper (* Pro-tip- the first picture should have the name of the school so you know where the pictures are from)
  4. Take notes on tour and/or info session about things that interest you (try not to do on your phone as you look like you are texting).
  5. Make sure to walk or drive through the “town” where students hang out and live off-campus
  6. Get the card or take picture of a card for the Admissions Representative for your area

4 Things to do AFTER your visit

  1. Write down your general impression right after your visit (they will blend together)
  2. Send a thank-you note/email if you had a specific meeting with people on campus
  3. Write down specific activities/classes that you can see yourself getting involved in
  4. Decide if this is a school is a yes, no, or maybe

FOR PARENTS: We recommend you read this great article written by a wonderful colleague, Lee Bierer which explains your role in college visits.