Make the Most of Your College Visits

Make sure to ask lots of questions during your college visit

When deciding on where to apply, there’s nothing more telling than your intuition or gut feeling when arriving on campus. Here are some tips from Brennan Barnard, the director of college counseling at The Derryfield School in Manchester, N.H., that will help you get an accurate sense of whether or not a college will be a good fit.

Have questions prepared

Be sure to ask questions that will give you the information you need to make a decision about the school. Think about what opportunities are important to you, and make sure to consider not only academics, but also the social life.


Whether or not an interviews is optional, it should be considered mandatory. It’s a great opportunity for an admissions counselor to get a sense of who you are off paper.


Talk with as many people as you can. Stop by during a professor’s office hours, meet coaches, or schedule a time to talk to a faculty member who is in your field of interest. When you’re walking around, make sure to talk to students and get their opinions on college life.

Pretend You’re Lost

According to Joe Greenberg, regional director of admissions at George Washington University, the best way to get a feel for a college is to stand at the center of campus with a map looking totally lost. The way students react can give you a very good sense of the type of community that resides there.

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