Visiting a college campus is one of the best ways to know whether the school is the right fit for you. Immediately upon stepping onto a college campus, you’ll get a feeling of belonging. If you don’t get that feeling right away, keep looking! The right fit for you is out there.
College campuses vary in size, student life, resources, landscape, and location. The best way to keep track of what you’ve seen when visiting colleges is by using a checklist. A checklist can help be your guide when you’re touring campus. It’ll ensure that you’re making time to see all of the things that are important to you.
Using a checklist for each school you visit is a great way to stay organized. Every school will have a library, student union, and its buildings will more or less blend into each other. Their classrooms will have desks, whiteboards, and most likely be multiple stories high. You’ll need a way to make a distinction between all of the schools after the tours are over. Your checklist can help determine which school was the best one for you.
Changes since the COVID-19 outbreak
Since the outbreak of Coronavirus across the country, college campuses have shut down and students have been sent home to finish the semester. Because of this, in-person college tours have been canceled. It can be difficult to know if a school is right for you without actually stepping foot on their campus. However, there are alternatives to campus tours during these difficult times.
Admitted students can access virtual tours that are now being offered by some schools. In addition, students can browse the school’s website to get a better understanding of what the school has to offer. Students should also take advantage of social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter to gauge how real students that attend the school are performing and what they think about the campus. While these are not as interactive, high school students should take advantage of the technology presented to them to view college campuses.
Now, let’s determine what’s important to you in a college campus
If you’re a science major, perhaps you’ll want to check out their STEM facilities. Or if you know you’ll be spending a lot of time in the library, you’ll want to determine whether it’s conducive to your study style. Even exploring the dining hall on campus, can help shift your decision. Food is so important that the Princeton Review released a list of which college campuses have the best food. We hear Bowdoin College even hosts a lobster bake every year!
Considering campus diversity, weather, landscape, and methods of transportation
Along with campus geography, your checklist should also include sections for diversity, weather, and methods of transportation. According to U.S. News, many schools won’t even allow you to have a car. Maybe you won’t need a car in your first year of college and you’re able to get to and from your classes using a bus. Weather can play a bigger role in your decision than you may think. If you’ve lived in Florida your whole life, the weather is extremely important. You’ll determine if you’re ready to leave year-round sunshine to venture into bitter cold winters.
Campus diversity is also important in determining if you’ll fit in. Do you see a lot of students that look like you or are you standing out? Pomona College was ranked the #1 Most Diverse College by niche.com. If being around students of various cultures and backgrounds is important to you, you’ll want to be aware of your surroundings when viewing the campus.
You might be surprised when your least favorite school has now bumped its way up in your rankings due to its landscape and greenery. Or even a school you thought you’d love, ended up not being as great because of their outdated buildings and lack of accessibility. Whatever the case is, using a checklist is a great way to keep track of your thoughts on each school you visit. Stay organized and ensure you’re making the most of your campus visit by checking things off on your list.
Remember, if you aren’t able to physically visit school campuses virtual tours are still available to you. Youvisit.com has a number of colleges and universities that you can tour from your own home.
Use our College Campus Checklist to guide you on your college tours. Print out as many as you need and bring them with you when conducting your visits.
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