The standard college tour is great – but it may not give you as much insight on student life and academics at a school. Most schools allow visiting students to do these, but a lot of students aren’t aware that they can go beyond the typical campus tour. The typical tour covers the basics like walking the campus and checking out dorms, but if you want to know what it’s actually like to attend the school, see if you can arrange to accomplish the following items on your visit. Keep in mind that, with any of these options, it’s important to contact a school’s recruitment office to get help setting up an official visit – some schools have certain criteria that needs to be followed and you don’t want to get a bad reputation by breaking the rules before you even attend the school!To get help arranging these to-dos, contact a college’s recruitment or admissions office and they’ll help you make the most of your college tour experience. Here are eight experiences to look into arranging over college visits:Perhaps you can do this on your overnight visit or during a campus tour but, if you’re going to be potentially living there, you want to ensure you’re okay with the quality of the food. Since most freshmen rely on meal plans, it’s a smart way to test the waters.If extracurricular activities are important to you, sit in on some college club meetings you find interesting. In addition to helping you evaluate the campus clubs, you’ll gain insight into the type of students at the school and what the environment is like to help you decide whether or not you’d feel comfortable there.
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