A key part of deciding which college or university to go to is finding a good fit. And a great way to get more information is to visit the colleges in person. A campus visit is your opportunity to get a firsthand view of a college. A University catalog, brochure or website can only show you so much. To really get a feel for the University, you need to walk around the campus, sit in on a class and visit the dorms.
A visit also gives you the chance to talk to students, faculty, and financial aid and admission officers. You can get answers to important questions, including:
- What is the average class size and the student-to-faculty ratio? Are most classes taught by professors or by teaching assistants?
- What is the campus meal plan like? How is the food? What are the options?
- What is the makeup of the current freshman class? Is the campus fairly diverse?
- What's the social scene like? What kinds of activities are available?
Your family members can also participate in the visit and any information sessions. They can help you think through your decision about which colleges to apply to, and ultimately, which college to attend.