Deciding which college to go for after you finish off your high school is in itself a very difficult question. You are about to spend thousands of dollars on your higher education and making wrong choice for college can be a very costly. Therefore you should collect all information about colleges you are thinking to apply and make sure its a good match for you and your career goals.
Here are some tips for how students can get the most out of college visits.
Early Planning: To lessen down your and your family’s stress, you should begin discussing about colleges as early as when your are in elementary school. You should also start exploring potential college campuses while your high school junior and senior years.
Visit College Campuses: During your vacations if you go for a trip with your family, then you can utilize this opportunity in visiting certain college campuses. There are many campuses which are very far off, in that case you can have a initial college visit through online services such as eCampusTours and you visit—that allow potential students to learn about a college campus from the comfort of their settees.
Talk with Students and Alumni: During your visit to a campus you should ask about the college from the students of that particular college and get a clearer picture of the college culture and placements. You should try contacting the college alumni’s also, as their feedback will definitely help you much more.
Meet the Faculty: If possible, meet with faculty in the department of your intended major and/or try to attend a class to get know about the number of students in a particular class, teaching methodology, and academic environment
Financial Aid: Enquire about the financial aid opportunities that are available at the college. You can have more information pertaining to financial aid opportunities from the financial aid department as well at scholarshipfellowship.com as it provides you a free online search of various scholarships, fellowship and grant opportunities that are offered by different universities/Colleges in USA
Student Newspaper: Your main purpose should be to collect information that you cannot find anywhere else. Student newspaper is a best source knowing about the important issues going on the campus and upcoming college events. Scrutinize what is hanging on the walls in the student center, and the academic buildings. Do student organizations have a presence on campus?
Wishing you success!