Why college visits are important

There are many reasons students and their parents should attend a college open house or schedule a campus visit.  According to Alex Nazemetz, Pitt-Bradford’s director of admissions, going to a college open house: 

  • Is a great way to see what you need to see in a relatively short period of time
  • Gives you a chance to meet and interact with faculty and administrators
  • Helps you gather information for the application process
  • Will help you narrow down your choice of schools
  • Enables you to meet current students who can give you an unvarnished account of what life is like on campus.

And, on our campus, anyone who attends an open house doesn’t have to pay the $45 admissions application fee. (You can use that $45 to buy yourself something nice instead.)

Judith Christie, of College Planning Consultants of Eugene, Ore., says the importance of campus visits cannot be overemphasized. It’s important for students and their parents to see a college campus with their own eyes to make sure it’s the right fit.

Want to see what an open house looks like? Here’s a little montage from one of our open houses to whet your appetite.

On Wednesday we’ll give you some hints on how to make the most of your college visit.

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