When to Start Visiting Colleges
You should schedule _____________________ with an admissions officer and meet with faculty in your chosen area of study.
Hi! I'm Samantha Lake for About.com and today I'm going to talk about when to start visiting colleges. We're here at Count Me In Tutoring in Bedford Corners, N.Y.It is important to get familiar with the idea of college and what that means, as early in high school as possible. Colleges and universities in your local area are a great resource, even if you don't plan on applying to them. Parents and high schoolers should take a few trips to the local institutions to just get a feel for life on campus.On these informal visits, you can walk around the campus, attend a sporting event and check out the student center. Try to visit colleges large, midsize and small to get a feel of what works best for you.Formal visits to colleges you are planning to apply to can begin as early as spring of your junior year of high school. At this point, you should have a list of your top 15 schools picked out. The summer between junior and senior year is a great time to visit your top schools. The campus will be less crowded and you will get more attention from the staff at admissions and on your guided tour.You should schedule an appointment with an admissions officer and meet with faculty in your chosen area of study. Don't be shy about asking to meet with multiple departments or faculty members, that is what they are there for. Ask the admissions officer if there are any current students available, sit down with the student and pick their brain.You should ask questions such as:It is very important to have visited your top 5 schools by fall of your senior year. I also recommend re-visiting your top three schools during the fall of your senior year if possible. This visit should be more centered around your chosen area of study and general academics. Most colleges will let you sit in on classes if you arrange it with the admissions department ahead of time. Visiting colleges is one of the most important parts of applying.To learn more about college applications and education, please visit About.com and thanks for watching.