If you are going to take the trip to a college campus, make sure you are prepared to get as much information as you can. Why? Well, you'll probably visit a lot of colleges and will hopefully have several schools to pick from when it comes time to commit to a school.
Let's face it. When you go on a tour, your guide is going to take you to the nicest dormitories, the neatest dining halls, and the newest lecture halls. So not only is it important to go on a structured and formal tour, try to take some time to take your own tour where you can see things for yourself.
Make yourself a "college information sheet" that you can fill in during your visit. Take notes on:
- how old are they?
- are there laundry facilities?
- do they all look the same on the inside?
- do they have Air Conditioning? (that's an important one!)
- how many are there?
- where are they in reference to the dorms and lecture halls?
- what type of food options are there? Vegetarian? Kosher?
- what are their hours?
+LECTURE HALLS/ACADEMIC BUILDINGS/LIBRARIES
- where are they in relation to the dorms and dining halls?
- are there computer labs?
- are they separated by academic departments?
- are the faculty offices located in these buildings?
- where is the library and what are the hours?
- where is the student center and what's inside it?
- how many clubs are there?
- what is there to do on the weekend?
- what is there to do off campus?
- is there a campus police department and/or security department?
The list can go on and on. Think of the items that YOU want answered. If the tour guides or whomever is running the info session does not cover what you want to know, ASK THEM!!!!!
Remember, you are planning where you will spend the next four years while you continue your education. That's a big commitment!
Best of luck!!