Here’s how you can prepare for a college Open House

Earlier this month, we mentioned that attending a college open house is one way that parents – and their college-bound children – can survive the college admissions process. Today, we’re going to talk a little more about open houses.

Many colleges and universities plan their open houses in the fall, when the weather is still pleasant, and the leaves on many campuses are turning gorgeous shades of red, orange and gold. On our campus, we have open houses set for Oct. 20 and Nov. 3. And, we, as many schools do, give prospective students the opportunity to register online for the event.

But how can you make the most of your visit? The Student Advisor Blog offers a free guide to college campus tours that is chock full of tips and advice for those of you starting to look at colleges. Here are some tidbits from the guide:

  • College visits allow you to get to know schools more intimately to see if they’re a good fit. In fact, 65 percent of student surveyed said campus visits were very important when deciding where to apply.
  • The best time to visit, according to one educational consultant, is the afternoon because college students may not be up and around campus in the morning.
  • Experts suggest you visit the top three schools on your list.
  • Try to schedule an interview with an admissions counselor, and if you’re interested in a particular major, see if you can meet with a professor from that department. If you plan on playing sports, you should arrange a time to talk with the coach.
  • Prepare in advance. The more work you put into preparing for your college visit the better your visit will be and the fewer hassles you’ll have.

If you’ve already been through this process and have suggestions, let us know and we’ll share them.

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