Tuesday, August 5, 2014

5 Things To Do On College Tours

{read about what to bring on college tours here}

After touring a few colleges, it started to become clear as to what is important to do on each one. With the limited amount of time I had at each one since we were heading to a new college each day, it was important to fit in the right stuff and not waste time on other things. So hopefully you all can learn from my mistakes! I've compiled a list of the five most important things I think should be done when visiting a college.

one//talk to your tour guide

Throughout the duration of your actual campus tour, there is no resource more valuable than your tour guide. Most colleges generally go through a highly selective process to pick the best people as tour guides and these people are also highly trained in all things about the college. They will pretty much have an answer for everything, whether it's about student life or academics. Plus, you can generally pick which tour guide you guide you go with after they introduce themselves, so pick one that has a similar major to one you're interested in!

two//talk to an admissions officer

At the end of most tours, you generally have the option to stick around and either talk to your tour guide more or speak with an admissions officer. Definitely, definitely, definitely talk to an admissions officer. If you have any question at all about admissions, the school, what the school is looking for etc., they'll be more than happy to answer it. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed by the whole admissions process until I talked to a wonderful officer at the University of Virginia. He really gave me some great advice!

three//wander the campus

This is something I really wish I had done more of at some of the schools I visited. It's really important to get a feel for what the campus is like, especially since it would potentially be your home for four or more years. Definitely take some time either before or after the tour to get to know the campus more. Even a campus tour sometimes goes so quickly that it's hard to judge if you enjoy a campus or mot.

four//take notes and pictures

If you're taking multiple tours within a few days, the tours can run together in your head easily, so you'll definitely want some notes and pictures to look back on to jolt your memory.

five//explore the town

This is definitely one of the more important parts of a college visit. Can you see yourself living there? For me, this was a make-or-break kind of thing because I had a hard time picturing myself in schools that were smack dab in the middle of a city whereas I enjoyed schools that were in smaller, but still big-ish, towns. I was set on going to college in the city, but going to the actual school changed my opinion.

Do you guys have any tips to add?



  1. These are some great tips! I would also recommend, once you are accepted, doing an overnight at each college. It is a really good way to get a sense of what it is like to actually go there, from a student's perspective and not just what the admissions committee shows.

    Best wishes,
    Prep By The Sea