Making the Most of College Tours

Visiting a university campus can feel extremely overwhelming. You're potentially seeing buildings that you will call home for four (or five) years. It doesn't have to be this daunting though, remember that they are trying to impress you when you visit. I toured several schools before I applied and eventually made my final decision about where I would attend university. Here's a few tips I learned from visiting campuses and from being a student.

Ask Questions
When you go to an informational session or when you take your actual tour, there is someone with you who's job it is to answer questions and ensure that you are well informed. Don't be afraid to ask questions about classes, residence halls and other facilities on campus. There are no stupid questions!

Make Notes
It can be easy to get certain aspects of a university confused with others, especially when you are touring several. Jot down important or unique things about each college. You can even do this in your phone if you don't want to carry a notebook and pen. 

Don't Just Attend a Showcase
Yes, showcases are great. They will show you all the amazing things about the school and you'll see plenty of other prospective students. However, these are also the days when the food in the dining hall is the best it's ever been and most of the actual students are nowhere to be seen. 

Visit during the Semester
I understand that summer is a great time for tours. It's easier to find time to travel to schools that are further away. If you want to really get a feel for the campus, I recommend going back while classes are in session. This way, you'll be able to see what the students are like and what the dorms look like when they're actually occupied.

Dress Comfortably
Put on your walking shoes, since most campus tours are pretty lengthy. Check the weather forecast in advance and bring a rain jacket anyway. It's okay to dress pretty casually, especially since any current students you encounter are secretly wearing clothes they slept in and haven't showered all week. 

Explore the Town
The deciding factor between two schools, for me, was the surrounding area. Take a look around, even if it's just driving, the town you could be living in. Make sure they have the essential stores and a few restaurants. If you have time, eat a meal off campus too. 

If you have any questions about something I didn't cover, leave a comment below! I'd be happy to answer them. Also, if there is anything else college or sorority related that you would like to see on the blog, let me know! Check out my other college related blog posts here!

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