What to Look for During College Tours

During your college search, you might go on a lot of tours to help you find the place that feels the best for you. Here are some things to take into consideration when deciding where to spend the next four years of your life.


Urban or Suburb

When visiting a school, make sure to check out the school's surroundings. Most colleges will either be smack dab in the middle of a city and the buildings will be spread throughout the major roads, or they'll be very closed off and have everything closer together. You have to find the best environment for you. If you are into the city life, you should look for schools in cities. If you like to feel more isolated, you should look for a school that fits that vibe. I personally recommend finding a school that has some fun places and restaurants off campus because food at the dining halls can get tiring and repetitive!

Dorm Rooms

You should also check out the dorm rooms when you visit a school. It's tempting to choose a school that has nicer dorm rooms over a school with uglier ones, but remember that most schools only require freshmen to stay in the dorms, and then you are allowed to move off campus the next year. Having a nice place to live is important, but you should consider how expensive the dorms are and whether it's worth your money to live there. Most of your time in college will be spent outside of your dorm room anyways, so it may not be necessary to spend a lot on a huge, nice room. However, if having your own private, comfortable space to hang out in is important to you, then don't overlook the dorming situation.

Campus Life

Every school has different traditions and a different student culture, and it's important to make sure your college fits you. If you want to join Greek Life, you might want to see how big it is on the campus. You should also consider what different clubs and social events there are. College is all about making memories, so make sure the college you choose has the perfect place for you.