What should I expect at a college tour?
Typically, campus tours last about an hour and include the library, an academic building, the student center, a dining hall, and a dorm room. But the visit isn’t only about seeing the sights. It’s also about seeing how you relate to the campus and the students, and if you feel like you’d fit in.
What grade should you go on college tours?
Students and parents should plan college tours starting in 9th grade. That should give high school students enough time during freshmen, sophomore and junior years to visit several different college campuses, take the official college tour, and narrow down their preferences and final college list before senior year.
How long is a college tour?
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 parents go on college tours?
If you are visiting a campus far from home, it’s ideal to go with a parent. Your parent can go on the the tour and info session with you and then disappear for the rest of your visit. Parents are great at arranging tours and coordinating how many schools you can see during a trip.
Are college tours worth it?
To conclude, campus visits are definitely worth it. … Have fun, learn something new, meet someone different, and use what you learn from the campus visit as just one other aspect of the college admissions process that will help you ultimately decide which college would ultimately be the right fit for you.
How do you take notes on a college visit?
You should take notes down of both the names of your admissions tour guide(s) and their contact information for later questions and a thank you note. Take note of names of the campus newspaper or organizations that have informational signs or pamphlets. Fill your notes with specifics.
What should parents wear to a college visit?
For parents, I’d really try to avoid wearing a suit. I know this can be tempting, but think business casual, or even a cross between casual and business casual. If you wear a suit, you will stand out. In general, you want to avoid standing out and you just want to blend in with the group.
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.
What age should you start college visits?
By 10th grade and early into your junior year, visiting schools starts to get a lot more serious. So I would definitely suggest during your sophomore year, and certainly the second half of your sophomore year, to start visiting schools, continuing to do so into your junior and ultimately your senior year.
When should I start college tours?
The late summer and early September before senior year are convenient times to visit, since many colleges begin their fall semester as early as mid-August. The spring of junior year is a good time if you’ve already researched colleges.
Can you just walk into a college campus?
So can you just walk around a college campus? You are free to walk around public colleges and universities. Public colleges will even have events that are open to the public. However, private universities have the right to ask you to leave.