Springtime is the ideal time of year for high school juniors and their families to visit colleges. Colleges are still in session so 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 so key for competitive colleges which now value demonstrated interest as a major component of the admissions process.
Here are 10 tips to help guide your college visits.
- Visit colleges during your high school spring break. Most colleges are still in session as their spring breaks are usually earlier than yours. High school juniors and families can see ongoing, authentic campus life.
Many parents and counselors think students can just visit colleges after they get accepted. That is true for many large public universities as they don't track demonstrated interest. However, campus visits are important to help students visualize their future options. They need an opportunity to connect with college campuses, and springtime college visits will help them decide on their ultimate college lists as well as how to shape their upcoming year. Many college track the visits, and these visits are a great beginning as students may make key contacts. Moreover, this process helps families experience college together. Please support this vital component of the college application process.