I took my kids on several campus tours. I let my high school senior ask all the questions she wanted to. I wanted to see how she would process the information she was receiving. She asked random students we encountered during the tour questions too! Why? Because, they are not being paid to tell us all about the butterfly and rainbow aspects of their school. We asked about study places, food, night life, and job opportunities.
College Tours... Campus tours are held on a regular basis or during certain hours. Check out the school's website to see when tours can be scheduled. If reservations are possible, make one! You don't want to arrive only to find that the tour is completely booked.
High school students can get letters from the college's admissions office to turn into their high school attendance office to take a tour in the middle of the week. This is a great time to show up because there will be lots of college students around and you will be able to get a real feel for campus life. Most colleges offer tours through their admissions department using students that are currently attending the school.
Open Houses....Universities can hold an open house where all of the departments work
- Take pictures when you are there to remind you of what each campus has to offer.
- Document your pros and cons during your visits to keep your information organized.
- Write down any follow up questions you have about the university so you can get your answers.
Choosing a college is serious business. This is where you are going to spend the next four to five years of your life. You should make sure that you are going to be happy there!