Here are some things to look out for while you tour different colleges. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the many buildings, programs and informational tours. A preplanned checklist of what you want to see is a good idea.
Here are some bullet points of different things I look for in touring the many colleges I see each year:
– Admission Criteria
Requirements and What to Include with Application
When to Apply
GPA & Test Scores (if required)
Student Support/Counseling Center
Average Size of Class (ratio to student)
Study Abroad Opportunities
– Campus Life
Greek – Fraternities/Sororities
Special Campus Events
How Many Students Live on Campus? Commute?
- Campus Setting
Where is College Located?
Too Remote? Too Urban? Near a City?
What is Surrounding Community Like? Campus Town?
- Look of the College
Dorms and Nearby Housing
Lecture Halls & Classrooms
Clean, Easy Access, Transportation
Security & Safety, Campus Police Availability
Current Building Projects
How Well Are Current Facilities Maintained?
While you visit, here are some additional suggestions:
Take a campus informational tour
Set up an interview with an admission officer
Audit a course
Speak with a professor or representative at the department in your field of interest
If you are pursuing athletics, talk to a coach in your sport
If possible, stay overnight in a dorm with a friend or relative
Pick up the campus newspaper
Spend time in the Student Union and eat in the cafeteria
Speak to students and ask questions
Find the center of campus and have a seat for 30 minutes
Take a look at the college bookstore
Ask a student what he/she loves and hates about the college
Tour the community surrounding the campus
Ask a student if you can see their dorm room
Ask yourself if you could feel at home at this college
Take lots of notes and pictures