5 things to do BEFORE you visit
- Research the school and major options
- Check to see if the school is doing an on-campus interview
- Contact coaches, departments, professors or current students to meet while you are on campus
- 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).
- 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
- Eat a snack or grab a bite in the cafeteria or wherever students hangout
- Do the “Map” test– look lost or pull out the map and see if someone helps you
- 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)
- 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).
- Make sure to walk or drive through the “town” where students hang out and live off-campus
- Get the card or take picture of a card for the Admissions Representative for your area
4 Things to do AFTER your visit
- Write down your general impression right after your visit (they will blend together)
- Send a thank-you note/email if you had a specific meeting with people on campus
- Write down specific activities/classes that you can see yourself getting involved in
- 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.