5 Things to Make the Most of a College Visit

Summer is a great time for high-school students to begin thinking about the college search process, particularly for rising seniors. Visiting colleges and universities is an excellent opportunity to gather first-hand information and get a feel for the campus environment. Kimball Union Academy’s Office of College Advising offers five tips to make the most of your college visit. By using this time wisely you’ll be able to make an informed decision about your future educational journey.
  1. Research and Prepare 
Familiarize yourself with a school’s academic program, campus facilities, extracurricular activities, and any unique features that set them apart. Prepare a list of questions you want to ask during your visit. Consider what matters most to you in a college or university, such as majors, class sizes, internships, or study abroad opportunities. Then, tailor your questions to gather relevant information. 
  1. Engage with Others
Take advantage of the opportunity to interact with current students and faculty members. They can provide valuable insights into the college or university's academic environment, campus culture, and support services. Ask them about their experiences, why they chose the institution, and what they find most rewarding. 

  1. Explore the Spaces
Pay attention to the campus facilities and resources available to students. Visit libraries, laboratories, athletic facilities, and dormitories. Please take note of their condition, accessibility, and whether they align with your preferences and needs. Visualize utilizing these spaces for studying, socializing, and pursuing your interests. 

  1. Take the Tour
Sign up for an information session and guided campus tour organized by the school. These sessions often provide comprehensive overviews of the institution, including admissions requirements, financial aid, and campus life. Ask about specific programs or opportunities mentioned during the sessions to gain more in-depth knowledge. Many admission offices will note who registers for the tours and information sessions. We recommend that the student initiate the contact. 
  1. Consider the Community
Location, location, location! Take some time to explore the surrounding community and gauge if it aligns with your preferences and interests. Consider factors such as safety, proximity to amenities, cultural offerings, and internship or job opportunities. A supportive and engaging community outside of campus can significantly enhance your college experience.