What to Bring:
- Folder and Notebook: You will want something to carry any hand-outs you get, as well as, a place to keep your questions and to take any notes during presentations or conversations.
- Pen/Pencil: Obviously to take notes. *When meeting faculty and other administrators, if they talk with you about things you are interested in or chair the program you hope to study, write down their name and e-mail address so that you can send them a quick e-mail when you decide to apply!
- Questions: Research the university's website before you visit so that you know what you want to ask. (Below, I've made up a list of some good questions to ask if you can't think of anything)
- Résumé: This isn't required by any means and you can use your own judgment, but you may want to have a small résumé for your interview or just for your Admissions Counselor to add to your profile. (You can include academic awards, clubs and organizations, and part-time jobs)
|Hamilton College, Clinton, New York|
What to Wear:
This was one thing that I really needed guidance for before I visited my first college ... I even instant messaged my Admissions Counselor to ask her what she recommended her students wear to interviews/visits. Here are my suggestions:
- You'll want to look nice, as to make a good impression, but you also want to be comfortable when walking around on your campus tour.
- Unless you have a prestigious scholarship interview or an audition for a program, you won't need to wear a suit and tie or a fancy dress.
- Khakis, dark wash jeans, nice button down shirt, blouse with a sweater, conservative-length skirt (A little shorter than knee length or longer)
- Check the forecast for the college town before you leave. You won't want to leave your raincoat or umbrella at home if it's going to rain!
|Navy Khakis, Flower Blouse, Cream Sweater |
Brown Ballet Flats, Brown Satchel
Some Questions to Ask:
- To Students:
- What's your favorite place on campus?
- What do students do on the weekends? Do they go into town a lot or just stay on campus?
- Do you think the faculty are easily available outside of class?
- What has been your favorite experience here so far?
- To Admissions Representatives:
- What is your university's student body like?/What is your typical student like? ie: values, aspirations, actions.
- If this campus was known for one thing, what would you say it is?
- Why did you choose to come here? (As an alum or as a new employee)
|Colgate University, Hamilton, New York|
I hope this helps you prepare a little better for your campus visit! My major suggestion though is to go to each university with an open mind. Every college campus is different; each one has their own identity, their own students, and their own culture, so don't judge one based on another. **Also, don't forget to go to the book store and pick up a t-shirt as a souvenir!
enjoy the chase,
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