Your junior year is perfect for zeroing in on 3 or 4 colleges you would like to attend. It is important to apply to 3 or 4 just in case you don’t get accepted to your first choice. It is also important because all colleges have different financial aid packages. You may find that a four year university can offer you a better financial aid package than a community college. It happens!
Prepare for your visit by learning as much as you can about the college. Look at brochures and websites and look over their catalog. When you go to the school, look around and just get a feel for the place. Do you feel comfortable? Are people friendly? Also, plan on meeting with an admissions counselor if possible and have your acceptance questions ready. Have your information such as you completed high school courses and your GPA available.
Most campuses will allow you to sit in a class or two if you are alone or with a friend. They usually don’t let large groups visit classes because of the disruption. If you are interested in visiting a class–ask!
You need to remember that it is ok to ask questions. Colleges want students who want to come, stay and be successful. They are happy to answer any question you have and they are probably waiting for you to ask. So ask and have a good time on your campus visit!
© 2013 Roger D. Chamberlain