The decision to attend college is a difficult one full of many factors (Galotti, 1995). Fortunately, there are many sources of information to take advantage of when making this decision; one of the most important being college visits (Cole & Thompson, 1999).
This video project consists of interviews with high school seniors considering college, current college students, and campus representatives, including professors and an admissions representative. Interviewees discuss various topics related to college visits including:
- Factors to consider,
- The importance of campus visits,
- When to consider college and the ideal time to visit a campus,
- What to do on a visit including who to visit with,
- How to make a visit and special requests,
- Other advice related to the college
As some of the experts in the video say “college visits can give a clear perspective as to what life would be like as a student at that campus” and can make or break your decision to attend a particular institution. In the end, whatever your decision may be, it is important to make the best decision for you.
The supplemental PDF contains more information on how to make the most of a college visit.
Cole, L., & Thompson, G. W. (1999). Survey of current students: Implications for recruitment and retention. NACTA journal, 43, 15-19.
Galotti, K. M. (1995). A longitudinal study of real‐life decision making: Choosing a college. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 9(6), 459-484.
Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Jones, Melissa and Mandelke, Amy, "How to Make the Most of Your College Visit" (2014). Counseling Concepts and Applications for Student Affairs Professionals (CNS 577). Paper 27.