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Applying to college means a crash course in time management. You need to prep for the SAT and ACT, wrangle letters of recommendation, develop an amazing personal statement, and start your dorm room shopping list. It’s easy to run out of time before visiting all of the campuses that caught your eye.
Fear not, college applicants. Any university worth its salt puts tons of information online that can help you decide whether or not it’s worth the trip to see the campus in person.
Bringing your parents to a college tour is a really great idea. They can help you keep track of all the information being thrown your way, and help you understand a lot of the details when it comes to tuition costs and financial aid.
(Maybe they'll get nostalgic and tell you stories from when they were in college. Who knows what embarrassing things they might share?)
Even though your parents have your best interests at heart, they probably won't ask questions about things that really matter to you, so you need to take the initiative.
We already shared some questions to ask students in your major and questions to bring to your admissions representative—but what about the little things that will affect you day to day? You deserve to get answers about them, whether or not your parents think to ask.
Check out these six questions. Write them down (or put them into your phone) and take them with you on your next campus visit.
It’s college fair season! Attending a fair is like wandering through a pop-up shopping mall for universities and their degree programs. You can sample the schools who attend, talk with the admissions counselors, and get a taste of the education and experience that each school offers.
The day-to-day costs rung up by a typical college student don’t end at tuition. Regardless of how hefty your financial aid package is, you still have the “hidden costs” of college life to cover.
You were quiet on the trip to campus, because, well, that’s just you. You’re excited about visiting the school, but uncertain too. Do you really need to get out of the car? Wouldn’t a couple hours of quiet people-watching tell you what you need to know?
You’re taking the first steps from high school life toward college experience. New places and lots of new faces can feel overwhelming. Don’t worry if you notice yourself quietly following the group and letting others ask all of the questions on your first tour. You’ll find your footing, and when you do, you’ll be an unstoppable academic force of nature. These tips will help you get there.
Topics: College Visits