Summer College Tours: Why You Might Want to Wait Until Fall
If you are considering a summer college campus tour, My College Guide has a few reasons why you may want to wait until the fall.
But do know that if the choice is between taking a tour in the summer or not taking it at all, definitely take the tour!
Summer College Tours: Why You Might Want to Wait
Summer tours aren’t necessarily full so you may end up on a solo college tour. This could be a good thing and a not-so-good thing. That depends a lot on you! On one hand, you’ll have the guide’s undivided attention. On the other hand, you won’t benefit from the questions of others which means it will be up to you to ask good questions.
A Quiet Campus
Without all those students milling around, it can be very, very quiet in the summer at a college! In fact, you could say it is almost too quiet! Without all the hubbub of students bustling around to class or playing frisbee on the lawn, you might find it a bit harder to determine whether you’ll fit in. Also, speaking with actual college students can provide you with very valuable insight that you may not be able to get otherwise.
Many colleges encourage you to speak with staff or faculty to get a better feel for what your intended college major really involves! But in the summer, you may not have that chance. Instead, you’ll have to hope that you can get your questions answered in another way.
Different Tour Times
During the school year, especially in the fall, schools offer a variety of tour times. Many colleges and universities have multiple tours in one day! During the summer, that can change and it might be a bit harder to find a tour. Your time and date options will be much more limited. It’s just something to keep in mind when planning your college visit!
An essential part of any college campus visit is trying the food! After all, if you are going to spend four years eating two to three meals a day there, you want to make sure it’s tasty, right? During the summer, that may not have access to the school’s cafeteria.
Summer or Fall College Tours?
So, while we wouldn’t necessarily advise you to take a college tour in the summer, it’s not the worst thing you could do. If you’re choosing between a summer college tour or no tour at all, take the tour! Even with the lack of students, faculty, and so on, simply setting foot on campus will give you a better insight than the brochures and websites.
Taking an in-person peek at dorms or seeing first-hand how the swimming pool, gym, or theater looks might help you narrow things down, too. And hey, nothing says you can’t visit twice! Use summer visits to fine tune your college application list and then return in the fall to really narrow down that list.