Information sessions are a great way for future undergraduates to ask questions and learn a little more about different schools. Depending on the institution, information sessions may cover a wide variety of topics, but all almost always touch on academics, student life, and the admission process in order to provide the first-time visitor with some kind of comprehensive overview.
Here are few tips to help you make the most of an information session:
- Do a little research. While it is not necessary to memorize every statistic about a school, know the basics about the one you intend to explore.
- Ask questions. Most admission officers leave plenty of time at the end of their presentations for discussion, so don’t hesitate to probe them for more explanation, if you need it.
- Follow up by speaking with a current undergraduate and/or taking a tour. First-hand student anecdotes are an incredibly valuable part of the campus visit experience.
- Obtain contact information for the individual who gave your session. By grabbing the business card of the person who spoke during your program, you can stay in touch in case you have questions, comments, or concerns after your visit.
- Schedule wisely. It doesn’t make sense to visit three or more colleges in a day. Two, if they are reasonably close together, is a more realistic bet. When you can, try to space those visits so you have time to reflect on your experiences and overall impression of the campus.
- Have fun! Above all, enjoy yourself — and be sure to request a cold treat at the end of your tour of Colgate.