Take Advantage of Your Spring Campus Visit

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Make your college campus visits an enjoyable,
information packed experience!

Lots of college bound high school students are beginning to make their appearances on college campuses all across the nation right about now. You can tell who they are: they’re wide-eyed and usually have their parents in tow.

By late April the visits will be over as students will be making decisions as to where they’ll be spending their next four years. Yes, most schools require students to have their minds made up by May 1, if not earlier, which means that decision day is just weeks away.

How much time will you spend on campus when making your visits? You may be tempted to rush your visit, heading off to the next school on your list. But that can be a huge mistake: you’re about to embark on a decision that may have a huge impact on the rest of your life.

Before you head out, consider the following tips to help make your campus visits good ones:

Get Ready – Do you have enough time to visit each of the schools on your list? Be realistic: if you are planning on visiting five schools but only will be deciding between two or three, scratch the other ones off of your list. Dedicate your limited time by spending more time on the campuses of schools you definitely are interested in attending.

Take Time – Each school will supply a group tour and allow for the asking of questions afterward. Two hours or so later you could be leaving campus, but this is the time for you to dig deeper by visiting dorms, sitting in on classes, visiting the library, checking out the food court and more. Ask questions about courses, majors, campus activities, local attractions and the like. If you can, plan an extended visit by showing up again the next day with a fresh perspective and new questions to ask.

Compare/Contrast – Repeat the steps you took at the first school with your subsequent visits elsewhere. Once your visits have been completed, evaluate each school independently and then compare and contrast what each one has to offer. If there are questions unanswered, get those answers before arriving at your decision. This could mean you returning to the campus if you are still in the area or a follow up phone call to a college representative.

Decision Day – With your visits behind you and fresh information available along with parental consulting, you should be able to make your college decision with confidence. Once you are certain of your choice in school, then notify them that you accept their offer.

Enjoy your campus visits!

Adv. – Are you heading off to college this fall? Get prepared now in order to have time to relax this summer. SayCollegeMove.com is your source for getting ready — check out our free, downloadable college moving checklist.

Photo Credit: Kyle Mastalinski

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