5 Reasons A Summer College Visit Is A Smart Idea.
When it comes to getting ahead in the college admissions process, scheduling a summer college visit can be a smart move.
Why? Read on to find out.
You can schedule “practice” interviews during summer college visits.
While your college interviews will go farther if you’ve already applied to the schools in question, speaking with admissions counselors in the summer can help you prepare for more formal visits later.
Your campus tour can be more in-depth during a summer college visit
It’s true that most colleges schedule fewer campus tours in the summer, but this can be a good thing! Without the time pressures of back-to-back tours, your tour guide can take his or her time, giving you a clearer picture of what the campus really has to offer you.
During summer college visits, you can get a preview of what classes are like.
No question about it, summer classes at most colleges are different from those during the regular school year. But you can still get a good feel for how classes are taught. And since the professors on campus usually have fewer classes to teach, they often have more time for other things—like meeting with potential students. So summer could be a great time to get some one-on-one time with a future mentor (one who might be able to help you at application time)!
You’re surrounded by other motivated students during summer college visits.
There are bound to be fewer students around when you visit colleges during the summer. But those who are? Are more likely to be serious, ambitious students—just like you. By talking to them during your college visit, you’ll get a more complete picture of the academic scene at that school—and what life could be like for you.
You have time to return for a second look if you start with a summer college visit.
Choosing a college is a major decision—one that could very well be deserving of more than one visit to a campus. Take a look at all your options during the summer. Then, before you make your final decision, return to those you liked best. That way you get more than one view of the campus!