A really sweet blog reader reached out to me last week and asked me for some advice on college tours. I have been on my fair share of tours so I thought I would share my advice. However, every school is different so my experience is probably very different from other people’s.
What to bring:
- When you are on your tour you will receive tons of papers/folders full of information about the school! I recommend bringing a larger purse that you can put the papers in because it is just easier to carry when you are walking around campus. It also helps to make sure you don’t lose anything!
- Some schools will set up meeting with admission/financial aid for you on your tour. If this is the case they might ask that you bring transcripts or test scores. I never had to do this but I know some people who did need them. I would just double check with each school before your tour.
What to Wear:
- Dress nice! I recommend looking nice because you will be meeting with admissions and you always want to make a good first impression. Most of my tours were doing fall/winter so I wore jeans and a nice sweater/shirt. For my tours that had warmer weather I wore a simple dress or shorts and a nice top.
- Wear good walking shoes. You will do a lot of walking around campus during your tour so make sure you wear shoes that are comfortable!
What to Keep in Mind:
- Before you start touring I recommend you make a list of what you are looking for in a college. Think about class size, location, distance from home, clubs, opportunities, strongest academic programs, etc.
- You may think you are going to LOVE a school but after you tour you might not love it. I definitely felt that way after multiple tours and I want you to know that you should NOT worry about it. I can honestly say that everything is going to work out and don’t stress out over not liking a school. You will find the school that is meant for you!
Questions to Ask:
- Everyone is going to have different high school experiences that are going to play a role into their college decision process; sports, grades, test scores, etc. Because of this I recommend asking about how to transfer AP credits, how to join a sports team, etc.
- Ask about what students do on weekends.
- Can you bring a car? Are there any fees that come with having your car on campus?
- What is the average class size?
- Do they have an honors college? How do you get accepted?
- Does the school have any scholarships you can apply for? How many students receive financial aid?
- Can you live on campus all 4 years? What are the room situations?
I hope you found this post helpful! If you have any questions that I didn’t answer please let me know!