Make sure you feel comfortable at the “gut level.” Don’t base your judgment on what your friends say; take an official tour, eat in the dining halls, look around and chat with students. Do you see “your people” on that campus? Can you envision your life there?
Visit the colleges on your “short list” before you make your final college decision. Students benefit most by jumping into the driver’s seat–book official tours and bring a list of questions that matter to YOU — always be proactive in the process! While touring colleges, picture yourself on each campus and ask questions to help you decide which college is right for you.
Websites, videos & brochures can only tell part of the story. College marketing pamphlets and brochures show you what the colleges want you to see. Simply relying on these brochures won’t provide you with enough information to make an informed decision. Touring the college will offer you the best insight into the academics, athletics, housing situations and social life. It also helps to read reviews from several different sources.
We provide steps for the most effective college visit. What’s the average class size for freshman classes? How big are upper division classes? What internship opportunities are available in my study of interest? Can I participate in research as a freshman? What do students do on weekends here? How many years does it take the average student to graduate? Be inquisitive students. Make sure you get the answers to the questions you care about!
Call us at (818) 207-0263 for tips on what you should look for when visiting colleges. We can schedule a one-on-one consulting session to further provide guidance on selecting the right college for you.