- Make a list of colleges you want to visit and determine who from your family will accompany you on your visit. You’ll need to specify the number attending with you when register.
- Go to the college or university web sites (you can search for them here on SCV if you’d like). Once on the college web site, the information you seek will either be in the “”Undergraduate Admissions” or “Visit” pages. Many colleges host special visit days or programs designated specifically for high school juniors or admitted students. Look for dates specific to these programs if applicable to your student status.
- At least two weeks before you want to visit, register online or by phone (varies by school). High school spring break weeks (typically the week before Easter and the week following) are considered “high traffic” visit days on college campuses. If a college requires (or strongly encourages) registration, then take their request to heart and do so. After all, you don’t want to be disappointed if you arrive on campus and can’t participate in the info session or tour.
- Use our Explore Colleges search tool to get directions to campus and find a hotel near campus. Enter the dates you want to visit campus in the “Find a hotel near campus” travel widget and easily book your travel to visit each college. Directions, restaurants and other travel related planning tools are also available on each college profile page.
- Go prepared with a list of questions you need answers to. Make the most of your visit by talking with current students, taking photos of campus, and making notes to evaluate the visit. This is especially important if you visit more than one college. Download our free, easy to use, college evaluation form to track likes and dislikes about each school.
- Use any of the following question lists to guide you during your campus visit:
Enjoy your campus visits and if you’d like to share you story when you get back, we’d love to hear from you. — Z. Kelly Queijo, editor/founder, Smart College Visit