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When should I start visiting colleges?

Updated Romeoville, Illinois

Should I visit before I apply, like in the summer after my junior year? Or after I apply and get accepted?
Because why would I visit a place that might not accept me? #campus-visit #college-admissions #college-selection

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Rachel’s Answer


<span style="background-color: transparent;">Collegeboard.org is a great resource for this! I poured through the pages of universities all over the U.S. when I was a senior in high school. Collegeboard was my go-to site! They put all of the information in one place and it is very easy to use. They even have various filters you can apply to see only colleges that have programs you are interested. To determine academic rigor, look at the admissions requirements, G.P.A. of past admitted applicants, SAT/ACT scores, class rank etc. This will give you an idea of what scores and grades you need to be accepted. However, don't be discouraged your application will be reviewed based on the full picture! College-board will help you get an idea of what is most important to the specific school you are applying to.</span>

This professional recommends the following next steps:

  • <span style="background-color: transparent;">Chat with your Guidance Counselor</span>
  • <span style="background-color: transparent;">Create a Collegeboard.org account</span>
  • <span style="background-color: transparent;">Start using CollegeBoard as a resource to look up schools.</span>

Frantisek’s Answer

If I had the opportunity to visit the college before applying I would have done so. It is always good to see and feel the school, students, teachers, atmosphere - all live - than just read about it in brochures or on forums. You may even meet with some people onsite, have a chat and see whether you feel it as a good place for your next couple of years. Of course, it depends how many colleges you have on your radar, but top 3 are worth visiting. :-)

Melissa’s Answer

I visited those that I was interested in, whether or not I had applied. Sometimes, you may think you're very interested in a college and then you arrive and realize it's not for you. It helped me narrow down my list of schools that I applied to!

Janice’s Answer

Hi! I think visiting the colleges you can is important. Just remember it may not be the school you expect or a school you go to may jump to your #1 choice. Never under estimate yourself and use your resources, school counselors will often know how apply for waived application fees and even find smaller scholarships to apply for. Look for area groups like the Daughters of the American Revolution; in my area, we get very few applicants.