After almost two years of closing their doors to visitors, many colleges and universities have begun opening back up to in-person campus tours, and some will be opening this spring. As you plan your next campus visit, there are a few simple things you can do to prepare and help you make a well-informed decision. To get the most out of your college campus visit, follow these tips.
Start collecting information about the programs offered, upcoming events, and get a preview of campus life by visiting your college’s website. Most colleges and universities have active social media accounts on platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and TikTok that can give you more insight on student life. As you visit your prospective school’s pages, take some time to reflect and write down any questions that come up so you can ask your campus tour guide.
As more colleges begin to reopen for in-person tours, please keep in mind that they will likely require that visitors take safety precautions set in place due to Covid-19. This can look like wearing a mask, showing proof of vaccination, presenting a negative Covid-19 test, completing health screenings, or other safety measures.
If you’re getting ready to attend campus tours (or you’ve just finished one) and have additional questions, you can always contact your prospective college admissions counselors to schedule a one-on-one appointment.
If in-person campus tours are not yet offered, many colleges give students the option to participate in livestreamed tours that often include virtual information sessions with a live virtual tour that typically runs 45 minutes to an hour long. These tours are usually led by a current student. In addition, many colleges provide the option of a self-guided tours with interactive content online. Check out our list of featured colleges that have recently reopened (and their offered scholarships):
Deadline: December 1, 2022
Scholarship Description: This scholarship is given to first-year students from around the globe who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement. Scholars demonstrate excellence beyond the classroom and are leaders in their schools and communities. This tuition scholarship is renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study.
Amount: Full Tuition
Deadline: December 1, 2022
Scholarship Description: This scholarship is offered to students with outstanding high school records who have worked to build strong high school communities by bridging gaps among economically, socially, and racially diverse groups and who have demonstrated significant interest in issues of diversity education, tolerance, and social justice.
Amount: $52,000 (average)
Deadline: November 15, 2022
Scholarship Description: Stanford’s financial aid program is need-based, meaning that all aid eligibility is determined by your family’s financial circumstances. Stanford determines your individual scholarship eligibility by subtracting the amount of your expected family contribution.