Checklist: College Campus Visit

Campus visits are highly recommended. Before you visit college campuses, consider some of the options below. It is also important to develop a list of questions and plan specific activities in order to accomplish your goals. Junior year and the summer before Senior year are great times to visit a campus. Keep in mind you will get the most clear picture of campus life if you visit during the fall and/or spring semesters when campuses are in full swing. Parents: 2 college visits per year are considered an excused absence when you let the office know. 

Click here and here for printable lists of questions and a college comparison chart.

  • Bring a journal to jot down your impressions and notes on important deadlines and topics discussed
  • Arrange to meet with an admission officer to verify admission requirements (SAT/ GPA requirements and high school preparation)
  • Find out how to apply and apply on site, when possible.
  • Ask about college costs, financial aid opportunities, as well as deadlines, forms required, etc.
  • Meet with faculty in the department of your intended major or attend a class to get an idea of typical size, teaching style, atmosphere, etc. 
  • Take an official campus tour (be sure to check out the dorms, dining, library, etc.) 
  • Talk to students about the general academic environment
  • Find out what student activities (clubs, organizations, intramurals, etc.) are available and about campus life in terms of social activities
  • Students trust your “gut” about how you feel when you are on campus.
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