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Is it important to tour the campus in person before applying to college?

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Deijana’s Answer

You don't need to necessarily physically visit the school before applying. YOu should apply to schools based on the type of program and curriculum you believe they can provide to your future. Definitely visit 1 or 2 local schools so you may get an idea and feel for what colleges have, and what to look for. But once you get all of your acceptance letters in, begin scheduling your tours and make a list of all the reasons that you liked that school and why you applied there, and take the list on the tour with you. Once you're sold on something on your list, check it off. If there were things that weren't what you thought it would be or saw things you didn't like, write it down. Then you should have a long list of pros and cons for each school. This should make things more clear when deciding.
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Kellie’s Answer

It is very beneficial to tour the campus before accepting the offer to the school. You have to make sure that you could see yourself going there and that you are comfortable in that environment. If you can't see yourself attending there, you're able to eliminate that school completely. It will help give you peace of mind, especially if you have lots of acceptances to choose from!
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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi! I definitely think it is beneficial to tour the campus. My chemistry teacher once said to me that it is important to feel comfortable on campus, if you don't like the campus you won't be happy. What made me really love my university was the feel of the campus, it was neither too large or too small. I would definitely get a tour or two to make sure you feel comfortable with applying to that college!

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Gisselle’s Answer

Yes! It is very important to look at the college campus first so you can see if it fits your vibes and makes you feel comfortable. Then once you know for sure you like it will make your college experience much more better.
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David’s Answer

Absolutely! I toured several schools when I was a high school student. I felt it was extremely important to get a sense of the environment in which I would spend the next four or more years. Plus I also wanted to make sure that my parents felt comfortable with me being there as well since it was my first foray away from home. Typically, I met with the admissions office and took the tours that were offered to get a chance to speak with prospective fellow students which also helped in my decision making. Also, I wanted to get a feel for campus life so I made sure to check out the towns in which the schools were located as well and check out prospective part-time jobs I could apply for to supplement my income. Touring several schools helped me narrow down the decision I ultimately made for my college of choice.
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Rachel’s Answer

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I do believe it is beneficial to tour the campus. I know it might be difficult to go on campus tours at this time, I might look to see if the school is offering virtual tours. I will say, of the handful of schools that I applied to and was accepted to, I only toured one of the campuses and that is the school I attended. It helps to be familiar with the feel of the school and be happy with the class sizes. It might help to see what amenities and student areas are offered if you will be living on campus. When I went on a tour, it was partially led by a staff member and partially by a student, it was good to get insights from both perspectives as well. You'd be able to ask the student about their experience on campus to determine if it's a fit for you.
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