Whether you live 5 or 5,000 miles away from a college campus, visiting is always a good idea. A webpage can only tell you so much. If you want to see what a college is really like, you need to visit it. Don’t believe me? Below are 4 things you can accomplish by visiting the campus of a college you are interested in.
1. Find the “Feel”
A college and its campus should fit you. When you visit a campus you get to answer questions like: Do I feel welcome? Is this an environment I can see myself learning and growing in? Is this place right for me?
The odds are that you will be spending four years of your life in this place. You should love (or at least like) your surroundings.
2. See First Hand the Campus, its Facilities, and Equipment
When you visit a college campus you get to roam the streets of the campus, walk through the halls of the academic buildings, and hold equipment you will actually use. You get to stand in the classrooms where you’ll be taught, visit the dorms you’ll live in, and see the dining hall where you’ll eat. You get to see everything for yourself! And nothing beats first-hand experience.
3. Ask Any Questions You Have
4. Meet Current Students and Staff
In addition to your student tour guide, you may have additional opportunities to interact with current students and get an indiscriminate opinion on the college. No one understands a college better than the students who attend it, and they should be able to provide you with insights and experiences that can help you decide if the college is right for you.
You will also most likely run into a few faculty members (if this interests you, you may want to schedule a meeting with a specific member). As the primary purpose of attending college is to educate yourself, this is an excellent opportunity to learn about the school’s philosophy on teaching. Ask questions about how normal classes flow. See if you agree with the teaching methods employed. Ask how accomodating teachers are. All of these questions will help you discover if this college is right for you.
All in all, going on a campus visit is a great way to narrow down your college options. You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it first, and you shouldn’t commit to a college before seeing it with your own eyes (in person).
Interested in exploring the campus of Columbia College Hollywood, click below to learn how to apply with us and then schedule your campus tour!