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MS, Communication & Media Technology | BFA, '07
Saratoga Springs NY

Get the most out of your campus visit

Ashley Hennigan on Wednesday, 11 March 2009.

The spring and summer seasons bring many visitors to the RIT campus . For high school juniors (the rising seniors) this time of year is the time to start seriously thinking about narrowing their college search to a few choice universities to apply to come fall. One of the most important aspects of this decision making process is actually getting on college campuses. 

When I meet with students one of the first things I will ask them is: What are you looking for in a college? For some students the size of the student body  is important; for others, the  location . Most students rank their academic interest  at the top of their choice criteria, while many undecided students are looking for advising opportunities and support services . Hoewever, the overwhelming majority of students who come to visit a college campus are looking to get "that feeling." 

I can remember during my college search that there were some colleges where I felt instantly at home, and others that my mother could not even get me out of the car to see. "That feeling" is important! It is a reassuring sense that not only will this university meet your academic and career needs, but it is also a place that you can see yourself living and growing for the next four or more years. 

Before you arrive on campus, I recommend contacting the university's admissions office. Simply showing up for a campus tour might cause you to miss out on other opportunities that are offered. 

Review the following check-list first so you know exactly what you would like to get out of your campus visit. Then discuss which opportunities are available with the campus visit coordinator .  

Get the most out of your campus visit:


Also inquire about:


Take advantage of:


Ways to keep in touch:

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Once you have made it to campus, take notes of things you like and dislike. Collect business cards or email addresses of the people you meet with and ask about the best ways to stay in touch with admissions, faculty, and students in case you have questions about the admission process or the university in general. 

I hope you find this post helpful and I welcome other additions or any advice you might have to add! Enjoy your travels! I hope to see you on campus soon!


Comments (3)

  • AB

    AB

    11 March 2009 at 12:02 |
    Great advice, Ashley!

    Now that my son is up to the point of making his final decision on a school, all I can add for rising seniors is to keep your eyes and ears open when visiting schools and ask A LOT of questions! Don't be too shy to ask away and every question is a good one.
  • Ashley Hennigan

    Ashley Hennigan

    11 March 2009 at 14:46 |
    Good point AB.

    The most popular questions I get asked are: Do you accept college/AP credits? and Can you have a car on campus?

    Answers: Yes and Yes

    Please post other good questions!
  • AB

    AB

    11 March 2009 at 15:35 |
    In general, the most common questions I have heard are:

    Please tell me about security on campus?

    How's the food?

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