What to do on College Visits By Unigo College Visit Checklist Download the PDF Name of College:Date of Visit: Preparation: □ 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?