Choosing A College
Campus tours are exciting, but there’s a bit of preparation you’ll need to do to get the most out of your university or college visit. Here’s a list of things to bring, questions to ask, and more!
Things to bring:
- Paper and pencil. You’ll get a lot of information all at once, so it’s important to keep track of everything.
- Comfy shoes and clothing. You’ll be walking all over the campus for at least an hour, so comfort is key.
- Camera. If you take multiple tours back-to-back, the campuses may blend together, so take pictures with a camera or phone.
- ID. You may need to present ID when checking in for your tour
- Your appetite. You’ll want get a sense of what dining options are available, so grab a bite to eat on campus before or after your tour.
- An open mind. College selection can be complicated. Even if you have your heart set on a particular school, you may be surprised at what you find!
Questions to ask:
- Class size. What is the average class size for general education requirements?
- Course selection. How much flexibility do students have when selecting courses?
- Tutoring resources. Sometimes students need extra help — what kinds of tutoring resources are available?
- Transportation. Are students allowed to have cars? What kinds of campus transportation are available?
- Residence halls. Room types and layout? How are roommates selected? Who can students go to if they need help?
- Activities. What kinds of student organizations are offered? How can students find out about activities that interest them on campus?
Now you’ll be ready for your campus tour. Need even more information? Check out our comprehensive college tour checklist!