Visit the colleges on your “short list” before sending in that deposit. College tours give first-hand knowledge of the vibe on each campus allowing you to evaluate all aspects (e.g., academic, social, etc.) so you can intelligently and intuitively decide. Students benefit most by jumping in the driver’s seat–book official tours and bring a list of your important questions — always be proactive in the process!
Make sure you feel comfortable at the “gut level” on any campus you are considering. There are so many choices, both local and out-of-state, so it’s important to narrow down your search. When visiting colleges, picture yourself in the environment and ask questions that will help you decide whether it’s the right place for you. Don’t base your judgment on what your friends say; take a college tour, eat in the dining halls, look around and chat with current students. Can you see yourself there?
Websites, videos & brochures can only tell part of the story. College marketing pamphlets and brochures often only 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.
We provide tips for the most effective college visit. At Navigatio College Consulting, we know how important it is to select the right college. Here are a few examples of the type of questions to ask: What’s the average class size for freshman classes? How about upper division classes? What internship opportunities are available in my study of interest? 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.