What types of students, faculty, and staff should I try and speak with while visiting a college?

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What types of students, faculty, and staff should I try and speak with while visiting a college?

Zahir Robb
College Counselor The Right Fit College

What types of students, faculty, and staff should I try and speak with while visiting a college?

Meet with all types of students as you never know where college will take you. See how receptive students are to your approach. Is the campus friendly? Do students seem stuck-up or stand-offish? If you have the chance, schedule a classroom visit in a major you are interested in. See how the class is conducted and determine if that environment appears right for you. In addition, you can tell a lot about a campus from the staff. How were you received by the admissions office? Immerse yourself in the experience and interact with as many people as possible as you may be spending the next four years of your life within this community.

Carita Del Valle
Founder Academic Decisions

What types of students, faculty, and staff should I try and speak with while visiting a college?

If at all possible you should visit with anyone interested in the same major as you, someone in the sports, arts or extracurriculars you are contemplating joining, a Fraternity or Sorority member if that is your thing and administrative positions in which you would be dealing with on a consistent basis. (i.e., financial aid, campus-based academic advisers, etc. ) Also, check in on the tutoring or academic support center to see if there are other students happily and intensely engaged in real subject matter support that you may find yourself needing if attending that university.

Heather Tomasello
Writing Coach The EssayLady, LLC

What types of students, faculty, and staff should I try and speak with while visiting a college?

You should definitely try to network with students and professors in your intended field of study. Contact the admissions office in advance and ask if you can shadow a student for a day and night (including staying in a dorm, if possible.) Try to sit in on a class or two, perhaps a general freshman-level course, and also a major-specific course. In addition, if you plan to become involved in campus activities (such as Student Government, for example) see if you can attend an event or meeting. The goal is to ask yourself, "Can I envision myself here? Is this a good fit for me?"

Rebecca Joseph
Executive Director & Founder getmetocollege.org

What types of students, faculty, and staff should I try and speak with while visiting a college?

Visiting colleges can be so vital in deciding where to apply and ultimately where to attend. Students should try to meet with actual admissions officers for interviews and meetings. They should try to see if faculty in areas that intrigue them are open to meeting. They should stay in dorms or meet up with students who have graduated from their high schools or who host students. Students can also meet with athletic coaches and arts-related professors and staff. Try to create a tour that enables you to truly see what a college is like.

Tira Harpaz
Founder CollegeBound Advice

What types of students, faculty, and staff should I try and speak with while visiting a college?

Try and speak with random students (i.e, students you see in the dining halls or on the quad) about whether they like the school and whether there's anything about it they're not happy with. If you have a specific academic interest, see if you can sit in on a class in that area and possibly speak to the professor.

Pamela Hampton-Garland
Owner Scholar Bound

What types of students, faculty, and staff should I try and speak with while visiting a college?

Primary Visit: Second semester freshmen or sophomores, faculty in your field of study, staff should be financial aid, admissions, and departmental staff.

Henry DelAngelo
High School Counselor 20 + years Your Key to College

What types of students, faculty, and staff should I try and speak with while visiting a college?

Try speaking to professors that teacher your first year classes to get a sense of what the work requirement is. If you know what you would like to major in speak with major specific faculty. Students that will be most helpful are the ones who just went through the process themselves so look for first year students.

Brittany Maschal
Founder/Director B. Maschal Educational Consulting

What types of students, faculty, and staff should I try and speak with while visiting a college?

Anyone you can!!! Admissions staff, current students that you meet on tours or as part of a formal lunch with a students program etc., faculty on class visits or if you are able to connect with someone from your department of interest ahead of time that is also excellent!

Ronald Harris

What types of students, faculty, and staff should I try and speak with while visiting a college?

You should try to meet with faculty and students in your intended major. You should also vist with students and advisors of different student organizations that you intend on joining. The best ambassadors for the university are the students.

Felice Kobrick
Owner, College Consultant, Kobrick College Consulting, LLC

What types of students, faculty, and staff should I try and speak with while visiting a college?

Always try to speak with a few students "off the tour." Whether this is in a dining hall, a library or in the bookstore, you can get uncensored opinions on so many things just by stopping to speak with a few students. If you want to speak with a faculty member in a specific major or school, it is helpful to set up a meeting in advance. The admissions office can assist you in setting up a meeting.