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5 Tips For a Better Campus Visit
1. Make sure the college knows you are there. Establish some contact with the admissions office because many colleges, though not all, track your level of interest in their school and the campus visit is one of the most important factors that is tracked.
2. Divide and conquer. Parents should separate and let their child go with a different tour guide. A child may take the visit a little more seriously when parents are not around, may ask his or her own questions, and you'll have a good conversation comparing your two tours.
3. Get lost. Wander on your own and explore what makes each college unique. Go beyond the standard visit. "It is worth more than two hours of your time if you might be spending four years of your life there". If the college is worthy of your visit, then dedicate sufficient time to tour the area around the campus, sit in on a class, have a meal in the dining hall, visit buildings and areas that weren't on the formal campus tour.
4. Ask good questions. Better yet don't ask stupid questions that can be answered by doing basic research, such as "Do you require four years of a foreign language?" or "What are your middle 50 percent SAT scores?" Some good questions might include: How many students work on research projects with faculty? What types of honors courses, learning communities and other distinctive programs are offered?
5. Carve out time to meet with current students. If you don't have any connection with students at the school, then head to the dining hall. Be bold and walk up to a table of students, tell them you're touring colleges and have a few questions. I've never had a student turned away at any school. College kids are usually thrilled to talk with prospective students and they will typically be unabashedly honest. Start with some basic questions: "Are you happy here? Why" Why not?" "How interesting are your classes/professors?" "How accessible and responsive are your professors?" "Is this college worth the price you pay?" You will likely learn more in that 10-minute interchange with a group of current students than during the information session or the tours.
Open House for SUNY Erie: Come and visit SUNY Erie. Check this website for the fall schedule for all campuses
Western New York Consortium Open House Dates: Check the website for Open Houses available for WNY colleges!
SUNY in NYC: The SUNY Welcome Center is the "front door" for propespective students, family members, high school and agency counselors in New York City and surrounding communities. Located directly across from Bryant Park, at the SUNY College of Optomentry, the SUNY Welcome Center provides one-stop assistance with information and undergraduate applications for SUNY campuses.
Bowling Green Admissions: Check website for admissions details and a virual tour.
St. Bonaventure University Latest Updates: Visit our website for all the latest details.
College Access Academy at Drexel: Drexel presents the College Access Academy, a one week event, online program designed to assist rising high school juniors and seniors through the process of college selection and asmissions. See website for all the detail.