The college visit is essential to the college decision process. It’s hard to find the “perfect fit” if the only way you visit the school is virtually, over the internet.
Time spent physically touring campuses is time well-spent, especially when you schedule and map out your days so you take in (1) the necessary components of the college visit (campus tour and information session) and (2) the fun things (sports games, classroom visit, and town events).
Note: The best way to capture the essence of a college campus is to be there as you would as a student—absorbed in campus life, aware of local town events, and involved. Here’s how:
1. Play student for a day
Interested in science? Music? Art? Nursing? Schedule a time to sit in on a class during your visit. Pay attention to the interaction of the students and teacher. With this you can begin to understand the expectancy level of the professor and the style of teaching the program employs. Although one class isn’t necessarily indicative of all the others, it will offer a preview of life as a student in the field of study you are pursuing.
2. Attend an athletic game, concert, or campus event
No matter which of these you choose, you will gain an understanding of the campus personality, a vision of Friday nights on campus, a sense of school spirit, activity, and the liveliness of the school.
3. Plan something to do outside the college
Explore life around the college. Many towns will have seasonal festivals, weekend farmer’s markets, and outdoor activities. It’s important to remember that, while you are primarily choosing a college and program of study, you should also be thinking of how your free time will be spent.
If you plan on being in Wisconsin for the Silver Lake Campus Visit on October 16th, you can attend Manitowoc's annual Oktoberfest festival. Along with your college visit plan a mini adventure with your family. Whether that involves a festival at night, or stand-up paddleboarding during the day, there is always something new to try.
With careful planning and coordination, your campus visit can allow you to take in the culture of the school and its academic characteristics, all the while enjoying a mini vacation!
Click here to sign up for Silver Lake’s Campus Visit days on Friday, October 16, 2015 and Saturday, November 14th.