Campus Visit Checklist

“Every college visit should have at least two dimensions, formal and informal,” notes the director of college counseling at the University School of Nashville (TN). To cover both dimensions, begin your planning with the following checklist. To make sure you’re able to see everything you’d like to, don't forget to call the college ahead of time and schedule your visit!

Formal
  • Take a campus tour 
  • Have an interview with admission officer 
  • Participate in group information session at the admission office 
  • Sit in on a class (or two!) 
  • Talk to a professor (or two) in your chosen major(s) 
  • Talk to a coach in your chosen sport 
  • Talk to a student or counselor in the career center 
  • Spend the night in the dorm with a current student
Informal 
  • Read the student newspaper, even the ads 
  • Try to find other student publications—department newsletters, 'alternative' newspapers, literary reviews 
  • Eat in the cafeteria 
  • Ask a student why he/she chose this college, and what their favorite part about it is
  • Wander around the campus by yourself 
  • Search for your favorite book in the library 
  • Read the bulletin boards in the student union and in the academic department you're interested in
  • Ask a student what he/she dislikes about the college 
  • Browse in the college bookstore 
  • Eavesdrop on students to hear what they’re talking, or complaining about 
  • Surf the Net in the student computer center 
  • Walk or drive around the community surrounding the campus to explore the surrounding area
  • Find out if there is public transportation or if you can have your vehicle on campus
  • Ask a student what he/she does on weekends 
  • Ask career services about upcoming job opportunities 
  • Look into clubs and organizations on campus that interest you
  • Listen to the college's radio station 
  • Try to see a dorm that you didn't see on the tour 
  • See if you can imagine yourself at this college

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