*Due to COVID-19, many college campuses are closed for in-person visits. However, many have
developed robust systems for student outreach on their websites. Also, don’t forget to do check out CampusReel and YouVisit.
- The best time to visit is before you apply.
- Select a few colleges that interest you. Use sources such as Naviance and niche.com to determine which factors are most important to you.
- Research the colleges online and have some questions prepared before taking a campus tour.
- Register for a guided tour. You’ll receive important information about the campus, plus it lets the school know you’re interested in them!
- Visit a few in the Bay Area before spending money on traveling to distant campuses.
- Take family or friends with you on the tour -- then share your impressions with each other.
- Try to visit the campus while school is in session because you’ll get a better feel for the atmosphere.
- Some schools allow prospective students to stay overnight in a residence hall.
- Visit only one or two campuses each day, so you can see as much as possible without feeling rushed.
- Take notes.
- Talk to other Las Lomas grad who are attending the schools that interest you.
Questions to Consider on Your Visit
- What do students like about living on campus?
- What do students say about the food?
- Who is available to help you choose the proper classes?
- What chance do you have of getting all your classes?
- Do professors or student assistants teach most of the classes?
- How many students are going to be in my classes?
- Is there room in the library to study?
- Do most students stay on campus on weekends?
- What about personal safety walking around the campus?
- What is the alcohol and drug situation among students?
- What kind of help is available if you have a personal problem?
- What do students like most about the college?