There is simply no better way to learn about whether or not a college is a good fit for you than to set foot on its campus.
Try to arrive at a college the evening before so that you can have a look around the surrounding town or city, settle in and be fresh for your tour, information session, and/or interview the next day.
Visit no more than one or two schools in any given day.
Bring a camera to record your impressions - after a while schools may start to run together.
Aside from the tour, information session and interview here are a few more things to do while on campus.
Have a meal in the cafeteria.
Visit the student center to observe the students in action. What type of clubs, activities, events are going on. Can you picture yourself living and studying among these students?
Sit in on a class if available. You may have to schedule this in advance.
Check out some areas that may not be on the tour such as the gym,theater or athletic facilities.
Finally always send a thank you note or email to your tour guide, information session leader and interviewer. Schools keep track of demonstrated interest.
Francine Schwartz M.A., LPC, NCC
Founder and President
Pathfinder Counseling LLC