You can go and ask 10 college graduates and they would reminisce about their college visits. They would tell you that they felt in love with a campus and they envisioned themselves for the next four years.
Times have obviously changed and setting foot on campus for a tour or an admitted student reception is not an option. Perhaps you had the opportunity in the fall or before you applied to set foot on campus, but what if you didn’t? This is a very important question, especially if you are a first generation college bound student. You want to know if you fit. The good news is that there are things you can still get a sense of what it would be like to be a student.
Let me start by saying, not every college will have a virtual tour but don’t let that discourage you. As travel continues to be limited, the need for virtual offerings will increase and colleges will need to adapt. We have compiled a list of virtual tours and more. Be sure to check out that post of virtual college tours and to add to the experience by doing the college scavenger hunt!
Keep in mind that institutions are sharing their best images and are being strategic about what they post. It’s like when you are taking 12 selfies but only posting one that you look good in, right? However, you can check out those social media takeovers by students who give you access to the day in the life of how students go about their day. I particularly love the ones where students are studying abroad and are sharing with us their time. That speaks to me because I wanted to study abroad, and part of my decision was based on my ability to travel during my four years in college!
Zooming a Current Student
This has become a common practice. International students and/or students who look at very far away colleges have been doing this for years. Here are some questions you should be asking them: Their experience related to transitioning to online learning, how their school has been responsive to the changes with COVID-19 and most importantly, how is instruction changed? Some colleges are going to the extent of having you meet 1:1 with their faculty members to answer questions about programs. Is a less intimidating way of meeting with your future professors.
After taking advantage of these opportunities, you may still have questions about your next steps and making the right choice. You should reach out to the admissions counselor at the college you are considering. Here’s a quick tip, simply type of google: name of college + admissions contact us and you will be directed to a page for admissions contact information.