Visit or Revisit the Colleges to Make a Decision

on March 16, 2017

Visiting or revisiting each of the colleges that admitted you can help you narrow down your list of colleges.

 

Even if you’ve already visited them, it is worthwhile to visit them again. Now that you got in, it might affect how you feel about each college.

 

If you don’t have the time to visit all of the colleges that admitted you, visit at least the top three colleges you are considering.

 

Choosing a college is as much an emotional choice as it is a rational decision. Visiting a college will give you the overall feeling for the college and can help you decide if it’s the right fit.

 

As soon as you step out of the car, ask yourself: “Do I feel like you are at home?” Note your immediate gut answer. This will help you evaluate your emotional reaction to the place.

 

Definitely eat at least one meal at the cafeteria. If you don't like the food the first time you try it, you will hate it after four years. This, more than anything else, will influence how happy you are with your choice.

 

Visualize yourself as a student at the college. How do you feel?

 

Do all the other usual things that people do during a campus visit: Take a campus tour, talk to students, talk to faculty, sit in on a class, and stay overnight in the dorm. Ask students how happy they are at the college. Ask them what they love about the college and what they hate about the college. Wander around the campus. Get lost. Ask for directions.

 

Visit the campus bookstore. Do you feel the urge to buy a sweatshirt with the college's name/logo on it? That is a good sign.

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