The purpose of a college visit is to get a feel for life on that particular campus and to determine whether or not life there is a good fit. A tour of campus and a visit to the dorm, and even eating on campus can provide a snapshot of a day in the life of a college student, but if you don't take the time to visit a class, then you'll miss out on a great learning opportunity.
All it takes is a little additional planning to work attending a class into your day on campus. Here are some tips to help you out:
- Arrangements to visit a class (or two) should be made in about two weeks in advance by contacting the academic department or adviser that houses the major of interest.
- Make plans to visit on weekdays when classes are in session. Avoid scheduling your visit during exam weeks or on reading days (the days prior to the start of exams).
- Ask for the name of the instructor or professor and location of the classroom.
- Arrive early or plan to stay after class so you'll have a chance to meet the instructor in person.
- If you don't plan to stay for the entire class period, then sit near the door so you can leave without disruption.
If there are major facilities related to the major, such as labs, rehearsal halls, galleries, etc, then make arrangements to add these to your tour stops as well. For a parent's perspective on the importance of visiting a class while on campus, please read Go With Class(es), published 11//05/09 on SmartCollegeVisit.
Lisa Warren contributed to this post.