The College Visit is your chance to get to know the college/university. Here are our suggestions to maximize your visit:
Schedule your visit for when school is in session.
If possible, schedule a meeting with an admissions counselor during your visit.
Try to meet with someone from Financial Aid to discuss the various types of aid.
Sign up for a tour. Some colleges have tours geared towards specific schools/programs within the college/university.
Take lots of notes about everything you see and experience. This will be important since some colleges ask supplemental questions about why you want to attend their school. Being able to provide specific examples will convey your interest and enthusiasm.
Make sure to see a Freshman dorm.
Eat on campus - either in the cafeteria or at an on-campus eatery since this is where you will be eating for the next 4 years!
Ask if the tour qualifies you for an application fee waiver.
For those schools with campus buses, ride the bus around campus.
Visit the information session for the specific school or program you are interested in pursuing.
Ask questions of your tour guide such as clubs, social life, access to professors, access to internships, etc.