First published April 12, 2013. Updated May 4, 2020
The college search process is daunting. Using a college visit checklist is a big help in knowing what to look for.
Last summer we spontaneously took two college tours just because we were in the vicinity of those colleges. We immediately realized that you need to prepare for your college tours.
You can’t be a spectator in this process and gain anything of value. So to make these visits be more productive I just had to make a College Visit Checklist, of course.
We took our first “official” college visit trip last month. Sniff. Sniff. How in the world is my baby old enough to be saying the word “college”, let alone be looking at them?! Give me a moment.
How Should I Prepare for a College Visit?
- Spend time on the college website and learn more about the school and how it meets your unique interests and needs.
- Think about what is important to you in selecting a university.
- Research what programs of study are available at the university that may interest you.
- Print out and review the College Visit Checklist in preparation for your visit.
- Be prepared to take notes. Trust me, you’re not going to remember everything after the tour if you don’t get it down in writing.
- Take advantage of the resources for more than 140 college resources available at College Scoops. They also have more than 65 carefully curated college ebooks.
- Talk to friends, teachers and neighbors who attended the university.
College Visit Checklist
Using a prepared college visit worksheet helps your student pay attention during the visit and focus on what’s important. It also helps her ask specific questions if topics important to her are not covered in the presentation. There’s also room to add information that we didn’t anticipate (which was a lot!).
Print out your copy of the university visit checklist. Yes, a printed checklist is old school, but research has shown that writing information down helps the brain process it more effectively than typing it on a screen.
We found it helpful to look up some of the general information about the school on the school’s website before the visit. Using that information, we got started on filling out the checklist. That research provided a quick orientation to the school and allowed my daughter to focus more on the presentation for answers to specific questions that were important to her.
You can download your own copy of my College Visit Questions pdf to use for your college tours.
We visited 3 universities in 2 days. We heard presentations and took the tours at each of the three College Visit Checklist. We were inundated with a lot of information and details. To keep track of the information unique to each school, it was key to have a college visit checklist for each school and fill it out during or immediately after each visit.
I realized that carrying the loose pages of checklists around wouldn’t work. I found a sturdy folder to hold the checklists and a pen. Having the folder was also helpful for holding brochures, handouts and business cards we picked up at each college. The folder and the checklist worked well for us on the visits.
Since we took the time and made the effort to drive 10 hours each way on this trip, I wanted to make sure that my daughter (well, really all of us) got the most out of each college visit. And the checklist helped us do just that.
I can’t overstate the benefits of a college visit checklist in helping your student gather the information needed to make an informed decision on the best choice for her and her future.
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