When narrowing down the list of possible college campuses, here are some more tips on how to conduct a successful campus visit.
Make sure you visit the cafeteria and try the food. You’ll be eating it for at least a year, most likely. Ask if there are dietary options, if you need options. Also ask about meal plans – some colleges require you to eat all meals on campus for your first year, but are more flexible afterwards or if you move off campus.
It’s also important that you visit a class or two in the subject that interests you. Afterwards, ask the professor some questions. Questions that are fair game include what other classes he or she teaches, how long she has been teaching, what other books the class is reading, and what books the teacher recommends that you read in order to prepare for the class. You could also ask for a copy of the syllabus to see what the course workload looks like.
Another good insider tip is to pick up a copy of the undergraduate student newspaper. Almost every campus has their own newspaper, published by journalism students. The paper includes valuable insights into college campus news, opinions, sports, and sometimes current events. This can be a great way to get to know what kind of students is attracted to the campus, and what kind of events and news interests the students.
Lastly, don’t forget to ask questions about finances. Tuition costs and financial aid are often the deciding factor for students and their families. You may want to bring your parents along to help you through the process of understanding the costs that will apply towards your undergraduate education.