10 TIPS FOR COLLEGE VISITS
One of the best ways to learn more about colleges is to visit their campuses. Here are my favorite tips* for making the most of each visit:
1 – Learn about the college before you visit.
2 – Evaluate the environment of the campus.
3 – Visit the admissions office & participate in the information session.
4 – Take the student-led tour of campus.
5 – Check out the dorms.
6 – Arrange for campus meetings with department heads in the subject that interests you the most.
7 – Sit in on classes & check out the library.
8 – Look into life beyond academics.
9 – Eat lunch in the student center & watch student interactions.
10 – Write down your impressions of each college you visit.
Post-COVID, many campuses are now offering in-person campus visits again. If you need help finding colleges to visit or making tour arrangements at a particular school, please let me know. I would love to help. Sharing my personal experiences visiting college campuses is just one of the ways I use my newsletter (soon I will share about the three colleges I visited just this past week!). Here is where you’ll find the latest news from colleges, the biggest resource you may have missed, and a glimpse at what I’m doing at SCOUT to help students find and fund their ideal college experiences. Thanks for joining me!
(* The explanations that go along with these tips can be found on the Scout-ing Report HERE.)
SUMMER RESOURCES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
Ryan Lytle and Josh Moody of US News & World Report share a few additional tips for college visits in their article entitled 14 Tips for an Effective College Visit. One I plan to add to my own list is: Check out other campuses nearby. For example, if you’re heading to Nashville to see Vanderbilt, make sure you also take time to see Belmont, Lipscomb, Tennessee State, and Fisk. Find the article HERE.
One good thing about COVID is that colleges adapted the ‘tour’ format and in many cases, colleges are keeping that option available for future prospective students. The Washington Post provides some ideas for when you are unable to visit a college in person. Find the article HERE.
SENIORS: Tip #8 for College Visits – Look into life beyond academics. High school has been more than academics. And college will be, too! Consider how you will spend your time outside the classroom, and let me help you determine if those activities offer a scholarship component. As always, my goal is to help you find and fund the ideal college experience! Use the button below to connect with me and let’s get started today!
JUNIORS: Tip #3 for College Visits – Visit the admissions office & participate in the information session. Junior year is the perfect time to start! Connecting with the admissions office is an invaluable step in the process. And the information session is designed to answer a majority of your questions. If you need help with this tip, let me know! I can also help you prep for the admissions process in other ways – making sure you’re focused on the right things and taking advantage of the opportunities that will enable you to shine. Use the button below to connect with me and let’s make a plan together!
FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORES: Tip #10 for College Visits – Write down your impressions of each college you visit. Now is the perfect time to start visiting colleges. However, by the time you are a senior, you will have likely forgotten about college visits made in the ninth and tenth grades. Keep a notebook detailing your visits. There are lots of other things you should be keeping in that notebook as well. I’m referring to academic, personal development, and extracurricular strategies that will help you achieve college and life goals. Join me, and we can also identify scholarships, internships, and summer programs. If you want to learn more, use the button below to set-up a no-cost / no-obligation call with me.
BOOK OF THE WEEK: Tip #1 for College Visits – Learn about the college before you visit. The best place to start is Fiske Guide to Colleges 2021. This resource covers everything from A to Z, East Coast to West Coast, small to large, private and public, and everything in between. Plus, it gives you lots of information on each college, including SAT and ACT ranges, # of students, acceptance rates, and strong programs.
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