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Visiting The Colleges You Are Considering

Feb 20, 2008
College admissions officers and high school counselors often stress the importance of college visits. The reason they do so is because a campus visit can give you the chance to:

1. see most of the campus, not just what is featured in brochures or videos.

2. check out the town and surrounding area in which the college is located.

3. spend some time in a classroom and observe student-faculty interaction.

4. ask students direct questions about campus life, what they like about the college, and what, if anything, they would like to change.

5. hear from and ask questions of an admissions counselor. Admissions counselors are generally very knowledgeable, so listen closely and don't hesitate to ask questions.

6. determine if the campus environment feels comfortable. Do students seem serious about academics? Are they welcoming? Do students and faculty appear to interact well? Are there any unpleasant surprises?

In some instances, you will have the opportunity to meet a faculty member, eat in the dining hall, attend an athletic contest or special event, or evening spend a night on campus.

If you take advantage of the chance to see as much, do as much, and ask as many questions as possible, you will almost surely know if a college is a good fit for you.
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