I chuckle when I see the gif of flamingos walking in a group, representing what high school students look like when taking a campus tour. It’s made its rounds on social media during times when lots of students are visiting campuses.
In reality, I find students visiting our campus to be very engaged – while looking around and taking in all the activity, they are asking lots of questions to our student guides.
What does make a good campus visit? Here are a few bits of advice to make the most of a visit:
- Make a reservation if the school accepts them. Most schools have online reservation options. We can plan the best visit for you (and make sure that there is a seat) when we know who is coming.
- Try not to wait until the last minute to reserve a spot. This advice is particularly true during the busy visit seasons like October.
- Spend some time on the visit website to learn about different visit options to see what fits best for you. Not every school offers interviews; not every interview is used in the admission review process.
- If you are ready for a more in-depth visit, look for option that include some sort of academic experience.
- Develop a system for organizing information – date/times of visits, notes about each visit.
- Take pictures during the visit to help you remember various aspects of the school. Jot down impressions and notes during travel time between schools.
- Think about questions you really want to know. Try to ask questions that you can’t find the answers to on the website or in the view book.
- Talk with students besides the tour guide. We love our guides and think they are awesome. But you want a few students’ experiences.
- Eat on campus.
- Visit the bookstore.
The College Board also offers a comprehensive list of tips for campus visits found here. When you search the internet for “tips for a great campus tour”, you’ll see hundreds of entries that can assist you. There is no shortage of information and opinions!
What are some visit options this fall at UVM? We just mailed a visit brochure highlighting many of these options. They can also be found here on our visit website. For a great 1st introduction, try a group information session and tour. This option includes an admissions presentation, a student panel and a student-led tour. Students attending the Vermont in Person Day will benefit of all that is offered during a group information session and tour, plus sit in on a mock class and visit one of our colleges/schools. For a larger experience with options to talk with faculty representatives and staff or students from various student services, you should consider attending one of our two fall open houses. We also offer an overnight program for students of color, first-generation or students who identify as LGBTQ that takes place in October and November, called Discovering UVM. This program has an application as part of the process, so students interested in this program should complete the application soon. Note that the October open house fills quickly, as do hotels during the fall foliage season.
The University of Vermont has been recognized as one of the most beautiful college campuses, located in one of the best college towns in the U.S. I hope you’ll come see for yourself. Make your reservation today!