What to do on a College Visit
When a student visits a college campus, it demonstrates that the student is interested in the college. It also shows the admissions office that the student is serious about attending the institution.
Here’s what you should do to make the most of your college visit:
Walk the Campus
Take in everything around you. Walk the pathways, sidewalks and trails on campus. See if you feel at home, whether it’s a college in a bustling city or a scenic campus tucked away in a college town. You might be surprised – many campuses, like Michigan State University, have picturesque gardens and historic buildings that are fun to explore.
Eat the Cafeteria Food
Eat lunch or dinner in the dorms. You can get a sense of what eating on campus is like. Also, ask current students about where the best food is on campus — different dorms might serve different kinds of food. You could have Japanese food on east campus one night and Italian on west campus the next. Colleges usually post dinning hall schedules so you can see what is on the menu each day.
Sit in on a Lecture
Getting a feel for the food and campus is one thing, but you also can see how classes are conducted. Sit in on a lecture to see if you like the teaching style at the university — at smaller colleges, classes might be intimate and engaging; at larger ones, hundreds of students might assemble in the lecture halls. It all boils down to what you want from your experience.
Talk to Students on Campus
Colleges put their best foot forward on campus tours, but if you want to know what life is really like, talk to current students. You will be able to ask about anything you want and get a genuine answer. This is the time to find out if the dorm bathrooms are clean, whether professors are engaged with their students and what Friday nights are like.