College Visit Checklist
If you have no clue what schools to visit, look at the following sites to get information on schools: Big Future on www.collegeboard.org, www.colleges.niche.com; also use the Naviance program (if used by your high school’s guidance department)
The day of your visit:
-Bring a student copy of your transcript
-ask to see the admissions recruiter who deals with your school/area and get his or her card so that you have someone to contact regarding your application
-take the campus tour and/or sit in on a class
-visit the dining hall or other locations for meals to try the food!
-speak to students and ask them how they like the school.
Some things to explore on the website before you visit:
-acceptance and retention rates (how many students stay to graduate in 4 years)
-cost specifics and financial aid availability (merit and need-based scholarships)
-class size, student-teacher ratio
-majors offered; advising, for classes and pre-professional programs
-support services available: tutoring, writing center
-internship opportunities, study abroad programs are available
Questions to ask on your visit are to clarify things that you didn’t understand when you were on the web-site; don’t ask questions about information that was readily available!