A Guide to College Visits

It’s that time of the year people – college visits and the beginning of college applications. As a senior in college, I consider myself a seasoned know-it-all when it comes to college visits, filling out college applications, and taking advantage of your college years. Tackling the whole process earlier rather than later can make a huge difference when it comes to your stress levels and I highly recommend being on top of your sh*t.

College Visits

Before Your Visit

Your first step in the college process is to make a list of schools you want to apply to and a list of schools you want to visit. Keep in my mind that you’re not going to have an unlimited amount of time to visit these schools, so focus on the really important visits first and be sure to take travel into consideration.

During Your Visit

Be sure to dress appropriately (especially for the weather) and wear comfy shoes because you’ll be doing a lot of walking, especially if the campus is big! On your tour you’ll have the chance to ask all of your questions and meet some stuff of the university.

If you’re stuck on what questions to ask, here are some important ones:

1. Do they offer _____________ major?
2.  What variety, club, and intramural sports do they offer?
3. What clubs are available on campus? What are the rules for starting your own?
4. Is there Greek life? (If you’re interested in it)
5. What are the on campus living options? Off campus?
6. How much is it to live off campus? (If you’re interested in living off campus in the future)
7. What are the rules for having cars on campus?
8. How does the campus card work? What food options are available on campus?
9. What extra help is available on campus? (Tutoring, library services, extra help for learning curves, etc.)
10. What is the surrounding area like?

After Your Visit

Phew! One visit down, a bajillion to go… You’re getting there though, you started the process and it’s going to be an exciting change. After your visit think about what you liked and disliked about the campus. Can you imagine yourself a student there for the next four years? These are all important questions to ask yourself before you continue with the process of college applications. This is also a great time to follow up with any contacts you made from your visit or any other university staff if you have any additional post-visit questions!

Happy Touring!
XO, Rach

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  1. November 18, 2015 / 12:56 PM

    Great questions! I'm going to send this along to my sister. She's about to be looking at colleges (so sad. My baby sister is growing up haha).

  2. November 18, 2015 / 10:13 PM

    Such a great list! I already pretty much knew what college I was going to attend during high school, so I never visited any colleges. My sister is a senior this year, and has visited a few already! She worries about being able to play softball while in school and if its close enough for her to live at home. She has a few narrowed down!

    xo, Jenna

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  3. November 18, 2015 / 11:26 PM

    I am a college senior too! Great post!!

  4. November 19, 2015 / 9:59 AM

    You are so very welcome! Good Luck!

    XO, R

  5. November 19, 2015 / 9:59 AM

    It's always good to know what your plan is before hand, it eliminates so much stress! I'm sure everything will work out for your sister!

    Xo, R

  6. November 19, 2015 / 10:00 AM

    AH! I'm glad I could help – enjoy your senior year!

    XO, R

  7. November 19, 2015 / 10:00 AM

    Crazy how the time flies by, huh?

    Xo, R

  8. November 19, 2015 / 11:45 AM

    The after part is so important! Because when you're visiting so many places, it can be easy to forget what you liked/didn't like about each place!

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