It’s a common assumption that you should wait until your junior or senior year to visit campuses. We believe earlier is better, especially since this is the fun part of the college search process.

Learn what you like and don't like about college campuses by visiting them.

Question: How can you expect to get a feel for the types of colleges that fit your personality without stepping on campus?

Answer: You can’t.

As an almost-sophomore, nobody is assuming you have a finished list of prospective colleges, and to take a cross-country trip to visit all of them. But you can visit local colleges and university and get a sense of what it’s like on campus.

Your First Campus Visits: Tips

  • Take a friend on a trip to the local college campus. Walk around and get a feel for the campus. Is this the type of college you’re looking for?
  • If your family goes on a summer vacation, ask to stop by the college and get some information. Make note of the things you like and the things you dislike about the college.
  • Try to visit at least one public school and one private school (Public vs. Private). Which one feels right to you?
  • Most colleges offer summer programs for high school students in the arts, sports, and academics. Call your local colleges and universities to find out what kind of programs they host.

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