Visiting College Campuses

Visiting College Campuses

If at all possible, you should try to visit some college campuses. A visit is an excellent way to help you narrow your list of colleges. For example, you may find that a rural, college-town campus appeals to you more than an urban setting, or that you prefer a small liberal arts college to a large research university. It is valuable to get a sense of what different places and spaces have to offer.

Visits are best made early in your college planning—at the end of your sophomore or junior year is ideal. If you will be near a college campus during the summer, stop in and take the tour. You don’t necessarily need to want to attend the school you visit; just getting a sense of what is out there can make a world of difference in the decision making process. If you would like help planning a trip, ask your SAS college counselor—collectively, the SAS college counselors have seen hundreds of schools, and they can give you advice on what might be best for you to see.