Hello! I'm a junior and I'm trying to decide if I should visit colleges before applying. Is it important to visit in person, or can I get a good sense of the school through online resources? Any tips for making the most of college visits would be super helpful!
Hi there! It's great that you're starting to think about college visits. While it's not a requirement to visit colleges before applying, many students find it helpful in making their decision. Visiting a campus in person can give you a feel for the atmosphere, culture, and overall vibe of the school, which can be hard to gauge from online resources alone. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to meet current students and ask them questions about their experiences. That said, if visiting in person isn't possible, there are still plenty of online resources to help you get a sense of the school, like virtual tours and student blogs. As for making the most of college visits, I'd recommend planning your trip ahead of time by researching what you want to see and do. Attend information sessions, take a campus tour, and sit in on a class if possible. Have a list of questions ready to ask students and admissions representatives. And remember, it's okay to trust your gut feeling about a school. Sometimes, you just know when a college feels like the right fit for you. Good luck!