Spring of your junior year is a great time to start taking college tours. Although I recognize it is easy to tour a campus online, there is nothing better than a campus tour when you are trying to get a feel for the college or university. All colleges and universities offer campus tours. The advantage to visiting a college or university in the spring is that classes are in session, which will give you an opportunity to talk to students.
To sign up for a tour, click the Admissions tab of the college or university you would like to visit and you will see a link to schedule a visit. This time of the year, colleges and universities typically offer tours one Saturday per month. Below are the links to schedule tours at each of Connecticut’s state universities.
Western Connecticut State University
Southern Connecticut State University
Eastern Connecticut State University
Central Connecticut State University
University of Connecticut
When visiting a college, follow the steps below:
· Be prepared. Research the school’s programs, faculty-student ratio and educational mission.
· Read while you wait. Once you arrive on campus, check out the bulletins, pick up a copy of the college newspaper and grab a few brochures from the admissions office.
· Ask questions. Be sure to create a list of questions before the tour and have them available the day of the tour.
· Talk to students. Some of your best feedback will come from the students who are actually at the college! Visit the campus coffee shop or commons and ask students what the campus is really like.
· Talk to the tour guide. Your tour guide will be an actual student at the college you are visiting, so be prepared to ask questions.
· After the tour. Write down five impressions of the school. Consider the campus personality, diversity of the student body, the size of the lecture hall and student interaction. These little mental reminders will help you compare colleges later.
Good luck preparing for your senior year. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please see your school counselor.
Vikki CarlsonDepartment Head for Secondary Schools, School Counseling