Preparing for college can be pretty overwhelming, especially when deciding what university is the perfect match for you. Luckily, most colleges recommend campus tours to potential, applying and accepted students. Guided tours offer valuable experience to help you discover your campus. Your guide will show you around dorms, classrooms and the student union. They generally don’t last very long, so afterward you’ll have time to do your own exploring! Here’s CL’s guide to campus tours.
- Take a glimpse at student life
Your guide will most likely point out the student union, fitness center, library and dining hall, which are all key parts of college life. The student union, sometimes called the “hub” or “student center” houses offices for various activities, as well as cafes, study spaces and much more. Check student organizations and activities, discounts and free events and contact information if you have any questions. If you see a student newspaper, read it! You might find advice on fun places to visit near campus.
- Know where you may be living
This campus may very well be your home for the next four years, so take a look at where you’ll be sleeping. Ask questions about laundry facilities and dorm guest policies. Eventually, if you do choose this college, knowing guidelines on refrigerators, microwaves and temperature control are helpful in the packing process.
- What will you be studying?
Meeting with a professor of your program after the guided tour is essential to get a head start on your collage career. Start networking by asking questions about your major and class options. Sit in on a class to get an idea of the university’s teaching methods and classroom equipment.
Finally, be sure to talk to students, financial aid, and admissions with any other questions you may have! The College Board provides students with a list of questions and sites to see during every college visit.