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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Visiting Colleges During the Summer

As college students pack up and move out, many high school students finally find themselves with some time to visit college campuses. Here are a few things to consider as you plan your summer college visits:
  • Some campuses are VERY quiet during the summer, while others have lots of activities for college students and people of different ages. Generally, though, you can expect the admissions office and some other campus buildings to be open.

  • Many colleges offer summer  visit experiences and it may make sense to try to attend these special events. Campus tours, access to admissions staff, professors and open buildings are often part of these special days. These fill up quickly though, so schedule early.
  • Summer visitors can get a feel for the layout of the campus, the style and condition of the buildings, and can get a glimpse at the surrounding community. These are all very useful and will help you decide if this is a campus you would like to re-visit later.
  • If you plan visits for the end of August or the beginning of September, (before high school starts up again) most colleges
    will be back in session, giving you the opportunity to talk to current students, sit in on a class, or eat in the dining hall. 

  • Keep a notebook (or take notes and pictures using your smartphone) to keep track of your visits. Believe me, after
    several visits the details begin to blend ("Which college had that awesome rock wall??"
Visiting campuses any time of the year offers pieces of the puzzle for students seeking a right-fit college.