Why should I go on a college tour?
College tours allow students to ask questions, meet other prospective students and understand the college on a deeper level. How you feel about schools once you visit in person may affect the direction your college search and application process takes. College visits help you to refine your search.
What do you say on a college tour?
- What’s it like to be a first-year student here?
- What’s a typical day like?
- How much time do students spend studying per week?
- What do you do when you’re not in class?
- What do you do on the weekends?
- What is the social scene like?
- What kinds of things are there to do in your school’s hometown?
- How’s the food?
How long do college tours usually last?
On a first visit, you should spend about two to three hours on campus. That allows for about an hour for the campus tour and another 45 minutes or so for an information session. Usually the info session is conducted by an admission officer, and the tour given by a student.
Do colleges care if you visit them?
“Colleges primarily track visitors just so they can send out mailings, not for admissions decisions, and that colleges who do weigh campus visits or ‘interest’ in their decisions usually only take this into account for borderline cases–it doesn’t make or break an admission for a clearly qualified candidate.”
How many college visits should I do?
We recommend that every student visit at least 5-6 colleges and no more than 10-12. We say this because we want you to visit enough colleges so that you get a truly well-rounded and clear idea of what you like and dislike about various colleges, but not so many that you feel overwhelmed.
Can you visit a college without a tour?
Visiting the college’s admissions website or calling them to ask questions will answer some of the above questions. Many colleges don’t require you to register for a tour or reserve a seat at an infosession, but you’ll still need to confirm when and how often these infosessions and tours occur.