Key Things to Look for During Your Campus Visit
Maybe you read extensively about the college or university of your choice, or heard about it from current or former students. But nothing compares to seeing and experiencing a campus in person.
Visit a Freshman Dorm
Your dorm will be your home for your first year and an important part of your transition. While you're in one of the freshman dorms, take a minute to read bulletin boards and hallway posters to see what activities students are involved in. If you see any, ask other freshman about their experiences.
Check Out Common Areas for Students
Whether it’s a quad, a common room in a dorm or a popular dining hall, most campuses have at least one place where large groups of students congregate. These spaces provide opportunities to ask current students about the school's atmosphere. Also, keep an eye out for student performances or club meetings in these areas.
Visit the Library and Academic Departments
Libraries and academic departments are two of the most important places on campus. If you can, sit in on a lecture or arrange to meet with a professor, even if you don’t know what you want to study. Also, you'll probably spend more time than you think in the library, so take note of the workspaces available and try to imagine yourself studying there.
Take a Drive Around Areas Surrounding Campus
Regardless of whether your choice is urban, suburban or rural, you should make a point to see what surrounds your preferred college or university. Students often spend time on popular streets in a college town or in nearby cities, so you'll want to feel comfortable there. Take the time to observe your surroundings and take in everything around you.