5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of College Visits

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of College Visits


1. Plan Ahead
  • Be sure to book a formal tour with the college admissions office. Guided tours give invaluable insight into campus culture, day-to-day activity, and student body engagement. Many colleges weigh demonstrated interest among their applicant pool; an official tour is an easy way for students to communicate their level of interest.


2. Be Prepared to Ask Questions
  • There will be numerous opportunities for you to ask questions during your visit. Take advantage of this time to engage with admissions counselors. It's an opportunity to learn more about the college, and for the college to learn about you.


3. Visit the Academic Department Related to Your Major
  • By visiting a specific department, you will see where the majority of your classes will be held. This stop will give a clearer picture of the types of courses you will take within that major. You might even meet your future professor.


4. Eat!
  • It is a good idea to check out the dining hall and grab a quick meal if possible. Good food is always a plus; however, this is another excellent opportunity for you to observe how the students interact with one another.


5. Take Notes on the Ride Home
  • If you, like many of our students, are planning multiple college visits, they tend to blur together after some time. Your initial impressions (both good and bad) will be most helpful in deciding on your future college.

Mrs. Ann Lopez joined the Pope John Guidance Department in 2006, and was named Director for the 2019-2020 school year. She has worked in all areas related to school counseling, and was the department’s dedicated College Advisor for eight years. Additionally, Mrs. Lopez is Pope John’s NCAA Coordinator, assisting student-athletes and their families on the college recruiting and academic eligibility process.

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