When is the best time to visit college campuses?

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Jon Semcer Points0
The best and the most productive time is when classes are in session. The summer and after graduation are not the time to go if you can help it. When you schedule a tour try to make it after 10 am ( most students are in class by then and the campus  is active). Another tip is to visit the campus before you apply because every college looks good on the internet or on paper.  Second tip, take pictures with your cell phone because after the third campus tour all colleges begin to either look the same or you can't remember what was nice about the first ones. Third tip, have lunch in the student center and ask kids questions about the school -- what they like  and don't like, why they applied  and decided to attend and finally what are the main social issues on campus ( be sure to pick a copy of the school newspaper). Do not visit a campus without calling the admission office and scheduling a guided tour ( this way they will have record of your interest and you get be placed on their mailing list).

One finally thought here, while on the tour stay close to the guide and look at the students. How are they dressed, do they walk in groups, in pairs or alone? How do you fit in? Does the campus / buildings look in good repair?

The tour is very important for both the parents and the student because it gives both a real sense of the campus environment and the student make up . Do not overlook the value of this activity. Best wishes on your college search.
Jennifer L. Severini-Kresock Points0
My suggestion to students and parents is to visit when classes are in session--either in the fall or the spring. It is important to see the campus when there is activity. Open Houses and Information Days are a good way to start. I also recommend students going back to the campus for an overnight visit and again once they are accepted.

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