We strongly believe students should register for an official campus visit (versus touring a campus on their own). Registering provides families with a formal admission information session and tour. Colleges may also be able to customize your visit with opportunities to see particular departments or areas of interest.
After registering for an official campus visit, families can expect to spend approximately two hours on campus. Typically, the first hour consists of a general information session led by a professional admissions counselor. The information session will go over general topics related to the college. For example, academic divisions along with relevant majors/minors, student life, housing, the location of the school along with current details about the admissions and financial aid process. Either throughout the information session, or afterwards, there will most likely be a chance for questions and answers. We encourage students to consider developing a list of questions they would like to have answered during this visit. Some sample questions can be found below. We also encourage students to jot down notes immediately after their visit. This will help differentiate schools as you go on more visits, and it can assist you in your essay writing during the application process (in particular those “why us?” essay questions).
The second half of the visit is the campus tour. Tours are almost always led by a current undergraduate student. While some tours are with individual families, most tours will be larger groups with an average of 10 to several dozen people. Some tour guides use a microphone for the whole group to hear the information, however, we strongly encourage our families to stay as close to the tour guide as possible to maximize engagement.
Some tours can be lengthy and physically strenuous. We recommend checking the weather before your trip to wear the most appropriate clothes and shoes (casual is absolutely fine during official visits!). Be prepared with ample water/snacks. Have fun and enjoy learning about how a campus might be a great fit for you!
College Visit Questionnaire
Questions to consider asking during an official college visit
1. Which academic programs are the most popular or are they most known for?
2. Do they offer your major? How easy is it to change majors? What kind of career advisement is available?
3. What criteria do they look at for admission purposes (i.e. mid 50% ACT, GPA,)?
4. Do they accept AP college credits? If so, what scores are needed? Do they accept transfer classes from a community college or dual credit courses?
5. Who teaches the freshman level classes (teacher assistants, professors, etc.)?
6. What is the average class size for an introductory course? For an advanced course? What would be the largest size you would take?
7. What type of internships, co-ops, and study abroad opportunities are offered? How does the school help with job placement?
8. What percent of graduates have a job within a few months after graduation? In the field they studied?
9. What is the percentage of students who graduate within 4 years? 5 years?
10. What kind of academic support is in place for a student who may need assistance?
11. Are students required to live on campus? What is the percentage of students who live on campus? Is housing guaranteed for all 4 years if needed?
12. What are the styles of residence halls (suites, doubles, coed, etc.)? How are roommates and residence halls assigned?
13. What are the meal plans like? What is the food like?
14. What do most students do on the weekend? What percent stay on campus? Where is the central gathering place?
15. Are cars allowed? What is parking like? What are other transportation options?
16. How diverse is the campus? What percentages of the students are from other states? Countries?
17. Are there fraternities/sororities? What percent of students belong?
18. What are the school’s basic costs (tuition, fees, room and board, supplies, books, transportation expenses)?
19. What activities and services are available to help students get settled academically and socially?
20. How many students return for sophomore year? What type of reasons do students give for not returning?
21. Will I feel safe walking around campus at night? What are the safety concerns of the campus?* Community?
*Note: Federal law requires schools to provide safety info to students.
22. Where do students go if they have a medical emergency?