I'm a rising Junior and I've heard people talking about campus visits. However, I've only heard about it and have no idea what it is. Does it boost your chance of being accepted there? Why do people do campus visits and how do I apply for it? And what do I do there? Does it really matter if I do it or not? Am I too late to do this?
I would really appreciate it if you guys answered my questions.
Campus visits are common to figure out your fit with the school and learn more about it (as @Moksh191 mentioned), but they are also useful as forms of "demonstrated interest," which can possibly boost your admissions chances.
Fit Factor + Learning:
I won't say much here since it's been pretty well covered by @Moksh191, but I do want to emphasize something I don't think was mentioned in their post: assessing fit and learning about a school is especially important if you are applying ED, through Questbridge, or anything that would be a "binding" admission.
You can figure out whether or not the school you want to visit considers/tracks demonstrated interest or not by searching for their "common data set" online (Ex. Rice Common Data Set) and scrolling to the portion talking about undergraduate admissions; usually, there will be a table of factors that are considered, not considered, important, etc. You may also be able to find this from other sources online, but the common data set from the past admissions cycle is the most accurate source for any sort of admissions info, especially of a college has changed (their policies, acceptance rates, etc.) from year to year.
If Campus Visits aren't Feasible:
If you can't do many campus visits though, don't worry! There are many other ways to demonstrate interest and learn about a school, especially online because schools are making greater accessibility efforts since COVID. You may also want to look into all-expenses paid fly-in programs from that college (usually for fall of senior year though)
I personally didn't make many campus visits (as compared to the amount of colleges that I was applying to and my peers), but I did ensure to visit and further demonstrate interest for local colleges I was applying to and virtually demonstrate interest for others. For reference, my on-campus visits in the fall of senior yr, virtual interest summer b4 senior yr / throughout bc I lowkey didn't have any time b4 that.
I also visited campus of further colleges once I was admitted to gauge the fit factor. And I applied to and was accepted to a virtual fly-in program (virtual on account of COVID, but normally in-person) during first semester of senior year to the institution I ended up enrolling in.
For a more detailed and complete answer specific to you though, I encourage you to read further about campus visits on the CollegeVine Blog:
- When & If To Make a College Visit: https://blog.collegevine.com/college-visits-when-and-if-to-make-them/
- List of General Articles on Campus Visits: https://blog.collegevine.com/tag/campus-visit/
- Making the Most of a Campus Visit: https://blog.collegevine.com/how-to-make-the-most-of-a-campus-visit/
Sorry this is so much info! Wanted to try to explain everything as best I could though bc I was also super confused about this and other things when applying.
In general though, for all things admissions-related, I recommend four things: keep calm, do your research (online articles, youtube, forums, college info sessions, etc.), be planed/prepared, and be genuine (it's your life! be happy and enjoy what you do so you can write good essays lol).
Hope this helps! Best of luck! :D
This is the perfect time for you to be asking these great questions! So a campus visit/ college visit is when you visit the campus of your desired college and get a campus tour with a tour guide. You can ask them any questions you have about the college. College visits are suitable for a couple of reasons: 1) You get to see the campus in person and see if it fits with your interests and what you want to pursue and 2) It leaves a good impression on the admission officers as you are showing interest in their school and spending your valuable time trying to learn about their college. It doesn't boost your chances directly but it does leave a good impression. The main reason to visit colleges should be to gain knowledge about the college and not to impress them. Hope this helps!!
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