The College Visit. It’s a rite of passage for many students, and it’s also the best way to really get a feel for the campus and determine if a school is the right fit. It’s also the best way to demonstrate your interest to a college, something that has become much more important in college admissions in recent years. If you’re only looking at schools within a couple of hours’ drive from home, you can and should visit. But what if you are looking at schools on the other side of the country? Unless you have unlimited resources, a campus visit isn’t always practical. So how do you effectively research a college without actually visiting the campus?
Looking at college marketing materials and websites, you may get the impression that every college campus in the country has an abundance of gleaming state-of-the-art buildings, classrooms full of students engaged in active discussion or incredible lab experiments, and a population of culturally diverse, perpetually happy individuals. While some or all of these things may be true of many campuses, you can be sure that these images are carefully chosen to entice you. Some are even staged. So how can you discern what is real and what is a mirage? Visit the campus and see for yourself!
It’s that easy: go to the admissions page of a college’s website and find out the days and times of campus tours and information sessions.
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