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christaylor Points0

It's not mandatory but it's a good idea for many reasons:

  • If done prior to admission decisions being announced, it can help demonstrate to a prospective school that you're sincerely interested. They want the students they select to accept and enroll. A visit can help convey to them that that's more likely to happen if they accept you.
  • There is no substitute for being there in person to really understand what it's like. Hearing about a school, looking at it online, talking to others about it...those are all helpful. Those should help you narrow the choices. But there are things that you can only discover in person. What appears to be your top choice might suddenly drop down the list and conversely another might make a big jump to the top. 
  • It helps the student get a sense of the type of school they're looking for. Big, small, spread out, compact, middle of a large community, more remote. Again, the best way to understand is to be there in person.
  • Would you move to a new city, possibly a new state for 4 or 5 years and not visit first?
Jon Semcer Points0
Since many schools are seeing an increase in applications and it is difficult to tell who is really interested in attending and who is applying as a back up to other schools, or their parents "made" them apply, or the student wants to collect admission "Trophy Letters of Acceptances," colleges, a number of years ago, started to track a student's level of interest in their school. This tracking is computer generated and every contact with the admission office ( calls or e mails ) is recorded. The same for campus visits, speaking to a rep at a college fair, visiting with the area rep when they visit your high school, attending an Open House, or scheduling an interview, or staying over night. The campus visit is a critical piece in the student's ability to make judgments about the college and it demonstrates an interest in the school. If a student is not a clear-cut admit based on SAT/ ACT scores, rank, grade point average and other supporting materials, when the student 's jacket (file) is discussed in committee one of the topics will be "student interest". Take the campus visit; (make sure you register with the admission office) it is important.
Janice Kirn-Sottilaro Points0
I ask clients to visit schools in their area in order to see what size school they are comfortable with. I do not ask them to apply to these schools but, to park as far away from the main campus as possible and to walk, walk, walk. You know as a freshmen the student is likely to be assigned classes "all the way on the other side of campus" so it is important for them to know if they are comfortable walking a long distance from class to class or, if they prefer the smaller campus style where everything is within a 2 or 3 minute distance from each other. Once students have established for themselves what size school they are interested in, the real search can begin by signing onto www.collegeview.com, responding to the questions and generating a list of possible schools. As students begin to investigate colleges on their list, it is a good idea to visit a few. Please do not feel compelled to visit each school but some perhaps, those higher on the list so the student can judge first hand now, if they are comfortable on a particular campus or not. In the spring (or sooner if applying ED) once accepted, then students really do need to visit each campus in order to make a final decision. Making any and all contact with admission reps. is essential in order for them to be able to judge a student's level of interest but, you can achieve this through email with present day technology but nothing, nothing can replace actually walking the campus. Good Luck!

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