Remember the famous phrase Have it Your Way from a former Burger King ad campaign? Not only did the commercial make you hungry, it was liberating — you could order your burger any way you liked it and not be stuck with only one option.
Touring colleges and finding opportunities to meet with college admission counselors is no different. You can find a way to visit college that fits your budget, schedule and your ability or willingness to travel. The menu of options includes:
- Go on campus and visit college in person on weekdays or weekends. Check the school's web site for a campus tour and information session schedule.
- Go on campus and attend an Open House program. These are usually held on weekends with a structured agenda and are attended by many visitors at one time. Check the college web site for registration information and schedule. Open Houses are typically held in the Fall and Spring.
- Watch Video/Virtual Tours on college web sites. This is an easy, convenient way to see pictures and scenes of campus. You'll get an idea of what's great about a particular school. It's a good way to get a first look. Not all schools will have a virtual tour – check the school's admissions or visit page for information or use the site's search function to find the link.
- Attend a Virtual College Fair. Hosted by College Week Live, their virtual fair is complete with an exhibit hall, college representatives, presentations, and interactive chats with college reps. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection. Over 300 colleges and 50,000 students participate.
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- Attend a Live College Fair. Meet with hundreds of college reps at an event in your region. Great way to gain exposure to many schools at one time. College admissions representatives will be on hand to answer your questions at each school's booth or table. 2010 and 2011 College Fair Schedule
- Sign up for a High School Visit Day. College reps will come to your high school to meet with interested students. Check with your guidance or career counselor for a schedule of when and which college reps will be on your campus.
While most agree that the best way to get a taste of what a college is like is to tour college in person, that's not always convenient or the logistics of visiting every college of interest is often impractical. Thankfully, there are many options to tour colleges and meet representatives both online and offline.
A Little Class Goes a Long Way – tips for scheduling meetings with professors and making plans to sit in on a class while on a campus visit.
Dos and Don'ts on a College Visit – a little preparation goes a long way and makes for a more productive college visit.
Student-to-Student: Questions to ask on a College Visit – it's important to talk with college students on your visit — only they can tell you what it's really like to be a student at that school.