College Visit Checklist
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Name of College:
Date of Visit:
☐ Schedule a private or group tour
☐ Find out if there are any general information sessions available during your visit
☐ Look at a map of the campus and make note of specific places you want to visit
☐ Make a list of questions you want to ask that aren’t covered here
☐ Arrange an interview with an admissions officer
☐ Schedule a time to sit in on a class
☐ Bring a notebook to record notes, answers, and impressions
☐ Check to see if the school offers an overnight stay with a current student
Things to Do:
☐ Eat at a dining hall
☐ Pick up a copy of the college newspaper
☐ Sit in on a class
☐ Talk with a professor from a department you may want to pursue
☐ Walk through the library
☐ Visit a computer lab
☐ Walk through a freshman residence hall
☐ Check out the gym/recreational facilities
☐ Spend some time in the school’s main student center
☐ Read bulletin boards as you walk around campus
☐ Tour the city/town around the campus
☐ Visit the career services center
☐ Get names and contact information of people you meet for future reference
Questions to ask a Tour Guide:
☐ Where do students tend to hang out on campus?
☐ What types of free events does the school offer?
☐ What do most students think about the housing/dorm situation?
☐ Where are the best places to study on campus?
☐ What kinds of extracurricular activities and clubs are offered around campus?
Questions to ask a Student:
☐ What is the best part of this college?
☐ What do students complain about the most?
☐ What is a typical day like?
☐ What do students typically do on weekends?
☐ Why did you choose this college?
☐ What is your living situation like?
☐ How much time do you spend doing homework/studying every week?
☐ Can students park on campus?
☐ How long do students have to live on campus?
☐ What do students typically do over the summer?
☐ Are fraternities and sororities a major factor in the school’s social life?
☐ What are some stereotypes about students at this school? Are the stereotypes accurate?
☐ What is the biggest recent controversy on campus?
☐ Is there a lot of school pride?
☐ Is there anything unusual about this school?
☐ Do professors know your name?
☐ Do you ever spend time with professors outside of class?
☐ Do students at this school have intellectual conversations outside of class?
☐ How do you feel about the school’s academic requirements?
☐ Is the education at this school geared toward getting a job or learning for its own sake?
☐ What kinds of students would feel out of place at this school?
☐ Where are most students at this school from?
☐ Are the students politically aware? Are they predominantly left, right, or center?
☐ What are the most popular groups, organizations, or teams on campus?
☐ How’s the dating scene?
☐ Do students in the dorms leave their doors open?
☐ What traditions/events happen each year?
Questions to ask an Admissions Officer:
☐ Will your financial need be a factor in the admissions process?
☐ How much is tuition/room and board?
☐ How much do students usually spend on books per semester?
☐ What percentage of undergraduates receives aid?
☐ Does the college offer its own scholarships? How does one apply?
☐ What percentage of freshman return the following year?