Spring is the time of year when many juniors and their parents start visiting prospective colleges. This is the ideal time of year to visit colleges as they are still in session and you can see authentic college life. By doing an official visit, you also let the colleges know you are serious about the possibility of attending -- this is key for competitive colleges, which now value demonstrated interest as a major component of the admissions process.
Here are some tips to help guide you on a college visit.
- Visit colleges during your spring break. Most colleges are still in session and you can see authentic campus life. If you can't visit now, try to visit during the fall. Many colleges offer under-represented students free tips. Check out an annual listing of these colleges that comes out in the late summer.