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Four alternatives to the campus visit

By Contributing Writer on March 4, 2013

As a globally diverse campus, Colgate’s student body is a rich cultural fabric from 48 states and 45 countries. As such, there are many cases when students are unable to physically visit the Colgate campus throughout the application process. The Office of Admission has implemented many ways for prospective students to get to know the campus and the community. Here are a few examples:

  • Virtual tour: Can’t make it for a real campus tour? No problem! Colgate offers two fantastic virtual tours of both the campus and the surrounding town of Hamilton so that prospective students can get a feel for the area.
  • Online chats: Every month, members of the Office of Admission staff and current students get together to chat with prospective students online. The chats offer high school students from across the world the opportunity to get answers to any questions they may have about the Colgate experience or the admission process. The chats can be very helpful and are always a lot of fun! The date and link for each monthly chat is on our website.
  • News and blogs: As is the case with many schools, there are many articles and blogs about the different clubs, events, and departments on campus. Written by Colgate staff and students, these articles and posts are a great way to get a taste of what day-to-day life is like on campus based on your specific interests!
  • Getting in touch: At the end of the day, a simple individual conversation can be the most effective way to learn more about the colleges and universities you are interested in. Many schools, including Colgate, have regional admission officers who travel and read applications from specific parts of the world. They can be your best resource when you have specific questions because they are familiar with the high schools in your area and can provide directed guidance.

While these are Colgate-specific examples, many other colleges and universities offer similar resources for their prospective students. If you are interested in a school but cannot visit, look for online chats, blogs, and virtual campus tours to get a sense for the school and community. And as always, keep in touch with the Office of Admission!

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