There’s no better way to see if a college is right for you than by visiting it. Though campuses are noticeably quieter during the summer, it’s still a great time to see what it looks like, explore the facilities and meet people in the admissions office.
Start simple by making a reservation to visit a local college or university. Every school offers free tours, so take advantage of this option. Ask a parent or other trusted adult to go with you.
Every student should visit at least one large university and one liberal arts college before their senior year of high school. So, if you’re rising sophomore or junior, start now and if you’re a rising senior, try to visit as many colleges and universities this summer.
If you can afford to visit campuses a distance from your home, start by flying into a metropolitan area and visit schools in that city and surrounding areas. Begin by exploring these areas (there are many other schools and areas to visit, this list represents a small sample:
1. Los Angeles area (i.e. UCLA, USC, Claremont McKenna, Scripps College, Harvey Mudd College, Pomona College, Occidental College, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego)
2. Boston area (i.e. Boston University, Boston College, Emerson College, Babson College, Wellesley College and also within 1-3 hours driving distance are Smith College, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mt Holyoke College, UMASS Amherst, Williams College)
3. Washington, D.C./Philadelphia area (i.e, George Washington University, American University, Georgetown University, George Mason University, University of Richmond, Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College, Swarthmore College, Villanova University and within 2-4 hours driving distance are Dickinson College, Bucknell University, Franklin and Marshall College, Gettysburg College)
4. Chicago area (i.e. University of Chicago, Northwestern University and within 1-4 hours driving distance are Kalamazoo College, Grinnell College, University of Wisconsin-Madison)