There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to picking a college: degrees offered, tuition, financial aid, living accommodations, distance from home. While visiting a college isn't absolutely necessary for making your choice, it's a good idea to take a tour if you're able. Here are some reasons why adding a college visit to your summer plans is a smart choice.
You'll Get a Personal Feel for the Campus
Whether the college you choose to visit is right across town or on the other side of the country, nothing beats getting to walk around the school yourself. When you're there, you'll be able to ask yourself if you can really see yourself as a student on that campus and if it's the right fit for you. For example, if you want to study Marketing, you might want to go check out the Communications Department and see how you would like studying there for a few years. You'll be able to learn about more practical matters as well, such as what parking is available for students, how big the campus really is, and how far you might have to walk or drive from the dorms to some of your classes.
You Can Check Out the Location
The campus might be well taken care of, but what about the area around the college? If you visit the school, you'll be able to see if it's located in a bad part of town, or right in the middle of a city, or in the middle of nowhere. You'll be spending quite a bit of time in the city that your school is located in to go grocery shopping, watch movies, and go out to eat, so it's important that you like the area.
You Can Decide if You Really Like the College or Not
If you're torn between a few schools, the best way to narrow down the list is to visit them. You'll be able to see the dorms, cafeteria, and even a classroom setup when you're on a visit. If you go during the school year, you'll be able to experience what it's like to be on-campus as a student, and see if you enjoy how many students the college has and what the environment is like once classes have started. It'll definitely give you more things to take into consideration as you decide which college you want to attend!
You'll Get the Bigger Picture
While you're on a campus tour, you'll have a tour guide right there so you and your parents can ask any questions you might have about the school. Some tours include a seminar on financial aid and tuition, which provides a lot of valuable information you'll need to know if you choose to attend that specific school. Some colleges will even host a Q&A with current students, so you can ask them about their opinions of the school and what they like or don't like about it.