• VISITING COLLEGES
     
        A visit to campus is the best way to see for yourself what a college is like. Visits are arranged by contacting the admission office by telephone or e-mail or through the admissions webpage. Visiting provides the opportunity for direct observation and experience. You will get a sense of the personality” of each college, and the composition of the student body. When you visit a college, talk to students and ask questions. Explore the areas of most interest to you, using the following criteria:

     

    LOOK AT THE STUDENTS:
     
     
    •   Where are they from? Local communities? Other states and countries? Public or private schools? 
    •   What are they like? Studious? Social? Athletic? Intellectual? Diverse?
    •    Do they seem comfortable? Overworked? Bored?
    •    What do they do on and off campus:? Sports? Student government? Greek life?   Concerts/lectures/playsClubs? Community service?

    WHEN YOU TALK TO STUDENTS ASK:

     

    •    What do you like most about this college?...least?
    •    If you had it to do again, would you still choose this college?
    •    How many hours a week do you study? Is that typical of students here? 
    •    How easy is it to get the classes you want at registration?
    •    How available are campus jobs?
    •    How accessible are faculty members outside of class?
    •    What do students do on weekends?
    •    How easy or difficult is it to study in your dorm room?
    •    What is the library like as a place to study?...to do research?

     


    LOOK AT THE CAMPUS:

     

    •    Facilities: Libraries? Laboratories/classrooms? Student Center? Book Store?
    •    Dorms: Comfortable? Noisy? Condition? Freshman housing? Is there enough room? Is there enough privacy? Is housing guaranteed all four years? Off campus housing available? Are there themed houses available? Greek housing?
    •    Meals: How is the food? How flexible is the plan? Do they cater to special diets (vegetarian, Kosher, etc.)?
    •    Athletics: Who plays? Are intramurals and/or club sports available? How are the facilities? 
    •    Student services: Academic counseling? Personal counseling? Career counseling?
    •    Religious servicesServices on or near campus? Religious organizations on campus?

     


     

    AS YOU TOUR THE CAMPUS, ASK YOURSELF:
     

    •     Whats on the bulletin boards? This is a good indication about what is going on on campus.
    •     What are the issues being discussed on campus or in campus publications?
    •     Are rooms in residence halls pleasant? Quiet enough to study in?
    •      How appealing are the setting and architecture?
    •   What is the condition of the buildings? Are there new buildings as well as older ones? Is lab equipment up-to-date and plentiful?
    •      Are common areas in the residence hall attractive? Are there laundry and kitchen facilities?
    •     What are the cafeteria and other eating areas like?
    •      Are the grounds well-kept?
    •     Whats the surrounding town or city like? Would I feel comfortable here?

     


     

    LOOK AT THE CLASSES:
     

    •     How large are the classes? What is the typical size of a freshman class? Does it change over the college experience?
    •      How many very large classes should I expect to take?
    •      How are they taught? Lectures? Seminars? Free discussions?
    •      By whom are they taught: Professors? Graduate assistants?

     

     

    WHEN YOU ATTEND A CLASS, ASK YOURSELF:

     

     

    •     How interested do students appear to be in the material?
    •     Is the lesson interactive?
    •     Is there time for questions and discussion? Do students participate?
    •     What is the rapport between professors and students?
    •     Would I feel comfortable as a student in this setting?

     


     

     

     SUGGESTIONS FOR A COLLEGE VISIT

     

    q    Take a campus tour

     

    q    Meet with an admission officer

     

    q    Meet with a professor in the major in which you are interested.

     

    q    Talk with students and faculty. If possible, meet with former SHS students.

     

    q    Visit a residence hall

     

    q    Visit the cafeteria/library/student commons

     

    q    Attend a class

     

    q    Ask about financial aid opportunities, if appropriate.

     

    q    Visit with a person in academic support services, if appropriate.

     

    q    Meet with a coach, if appropriate.