Admissions Expertise Any tips on getting the most out of campus tours and info sessions? The best tip I can give students is to do some research before arriving at a campus. I have everyone prepare a visit sheet which can be used on all visits, because everything starts to run together after the first few. Before you get there, know some basics about the school, the population, the location, strong programs and extracurriculars which may make a difference for you. Keeping good records makes it very easy to answer the "Why College X question" on your application. It also makes it easy to focus on the tour and the information session, and to have great questions for your interviews. Likes Like This Answer Already Liked This Answer Thank you, this item will be reviewed. Does class size matter? Students moving out of a typical high school setting often focus on class size, primarily because being in a class of several hundred sounds overwhelming and very different from what they are used to. Smaller classes do provide more opportunity to interact with the professor, and can be especially important as you move through your major into advanced classwork and seminars. Rest assured that in a small class it will be very obvious if you do not come, come late, or come unprepared. However, larger classes which are primarily lectures can be fine as well, particularly in beginning survey classes. One of my students pointed out several years ago that being anonymous some of the time is not such a bad thing. Usually those large classes break down in to small, recitation sessions where students have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with their instructors. Some of the negatives of large class size are difficulty focusing with so many distractions in the room (particularly for students with attentional deficits), and the fact that your small group instructor will probably be a teaching assistant or graduate student, not your professor. Likes Like This Answer Already Liked This Answer Thank you, this item will be reviewed. How do you go about contacting alumni from a school you're interested in? To tap in to the alumni network in your area, call the admissions department. They have a list of willing alums who are happy to talk to incoming students. Likes Like This Answer Already Liked This Answer Thank you, this item will be reviewed. How many schools should I apply to? There is no magic number that will ensure you get accepted into college. I think the best rule of thumb is to make sure you apply to a range of schools: schools where you are in the higher range of applicants, schools where you are in the mid-range, and reach schools. Many students get drawn into applying to many, many schools with the idea that it increases their odds of acceptance. Some students also think that they will apply and then make decisions about schools. That is a tremendous waste of time doing applications and money. Make some well thought-out decisions and go with them. Likes Like This Answer Already Liked This Answer Thank you, this item will be reviewed.