February is a wonderful time for college-bound high school students to travel to colleges and universities across the country. For seniors, it is a perfect time for revisiting some of the schools to which they’ve applied or been admitted. Juniors should be researching and exploring the colleges and universities that are in line with their personal needs and interests. This month gives students plenty of opportunities to start making initial visits to campuses, and learn more about specific institutions and programs.
The campus visit experience may include a variety of components, depending on the school. Here’s a quick overview of several programs that tend to be considered standard for most colleges:
- Campus tours: Campus tours are led by student tour guides who are eager to share their first-hand experience with the school. A tour allows participants to view the school and get a better sense for the college community and its members.
- Information sessions: Usually conducted by an admission officer, information sessions provide a broad overview of a university and often involve a question-and-answer period. They give more insight into the overall campus environment, and can also help clear up specific details about each school’s application process.
- Overnight visit: Many colleges invite high school seniors to spend a night with a current student in his or her residence hall. Prospective students can attend classes, eat in the dining halls, and participate in other aspects of campus life. This is a great way to get a true feel for a school.
- Meetings with coaches, faculty and staff members: Students interested in specific programs that a school offers (music, art, athletics, or particular academic subjects, for example) can often contact the admission office ahead of time about scheduling appointments with coaches or professors. These meetings are invaluable in helping prospective students understand what options are available to them and what types of people the school attracts.
Regardless of the specific components of a campus visit, it is important for prospective students to see the campus and meet the people who live, study, and work at a particular school before making a final college choice. Students must feel comfortable on campus in order to truly embrace the breadth and depth of opportunities their college or university provides.
Best wishes during the college search process. We look forward to seeing you on campus!