The spring and summer months are a popular time for prospective college students to embark on campus visits. Whether you are just getting a jumpstart on the college search process or an already admitted senior, you can understand how important it is to visit the campuses where you might be spending the next four years.
The good news is, Sewanee currently offers in-person and virtual campus visit options. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many schools have expanded their virtual visit offerings and this is good news for you! Although visiting campuses through a computer screen may not be what you envisioned, the ability to do in-depth research on the schools on your list from the comfort of your own home is a win-win.
Here are a few tips that can help you make the most out of your visits, whether they are in-person or online.
Talk with current students. Although in-person visits are structured a little differently during this time, you may still have the chance to chat with current students about their experiences on campus—your tour guide is a great place to start!
If you’re exploring virtual options, know that there are still many ways to connect with current students. Using this site, you can easily view information about current students and message someone you’d like to chat with about their Sewanee experience!
Do your research beforehand. Whether you’re attending an in-person or a virtual visit, it’s important to do a bit of research beforehand. This will allow you to truly maximize your time during the visit and avoid asking questions that can be answered through the institution’s website. Most schools have pretty robust websites with tons of information about majors, life on campus, scholarships, athletics, and more. Take time to browse through a school’s site before your visit. That way you’ll be able to spend your time getting answers you can’t easily find online.
Take it a step further. Have you already participated in an information session and/or campus tour? Whether in-person or online, these events are a great place for you to start exploring a college. But don’t stop there! For example, if you’re interested in playing a sport at Sewanee, you may have questions about life on campus as a student-athlete. We have a recorded webinar for that! That’s just one example, but it shows how you can dive deeper into learning more about a university through their online offerings.
Take notes. Whether you’re engaging in-person or online, this is a crucial step in my opinion. After you’ve attended multiple campus visits or online events, they can easily start to blend together. One way to truly remember the things that stand out for you, whether good or bad, is to take notes. Think about the things that are crucial for you in your college experience. Does this school have that? Take note of how you feel when you’re on campus and what you observe. These notes are going to help you when it comes time to narrow down your college list.
I hope these tips will help you as you navigate your college visits. You have a ton of information at your fingertips, so be sure to take advantage of it! As always, our admission staff is here if you have any questions or would like to schedule a one-on-one appointment.
Until next time,