Compliments of Oxford College of Emory University Office of Admissions1) Select the number of schools you want to visit (4-6).2) Research the school prior to the visit.3) Make a list of questions you would like to ask and do not be afraid to ask them.4) Call for an appointment at least two weeks ahead.5) Request a campus tour when you call.6) BE ON TIME! If you have to postpone your visit or will be late, please call the college to let them know of your delay.7) Dress appropriately for the appointment.8) Be honest about your strengths and weaknesses. BE YOURSELF!9) Try and visit when students are there and sit in on classes.10) Spend the night and see college through the eyes of a current student.11) Evaluate your visits and narrow your choices to those you really liked.12) If you had an individual interview, it is nice to write a not e to the Admissions Office afterwards.13) If questions come up after the visit, do not hesitate to contact the people you have met. Most schools have 800 numbers or e-mail and welcome your questions.14) Stay in touch with admission representatives that you met at the colleges.BEFORE YOUR VISIT (back to top)1) Call in advance to arrange a visit/tour.2) Re-read your college catalog and other info.3) Be familiar with your high school academic record.4) Make a list of questions you want to ask.THE VISIT (back to top)1) Be on time for your tour/visit.2) Allow plenty of time to see the campus and meet with Admissions people.3) Feel free to discuss the chances for admission. Don't expect any type of a firm decision.4) Pick up admission & financial aid info.5) Don't hesitate to discuss $$$ concerns.6) Get the names of the people you meet with.THE TOUR (back to top)1) The Library2) Academic Facilities3) Living Quarters/Dorms4) Talk with students!!!AFTER THE VISIT (back to top)1) Make some notes about the visit; good and bad.2) Write a thank you note(s) to the person(s) you met with.TOP 10 LIST OF THINGS TO DO ON A CAMPUS VISIT (back to top)1) Check out the size of the campus. Does it appear manageable? Will you need a car...a bike?2) Have lunch with a student. How is the food?3) Go to a dormitory and see a student's room. Do the residence halls have lounges or study areas? What kind of recreational facilities are available? Are laundry facilities available?4) Find out where students hang out and spend some time there yourself.5) Read the student newspaper. This is an excellent way to find out about day-to-day campus life. Does it look like there is a lot going on?6) Talk with faculty as well as students.7) Visit whatever departments you have an interest in. There is the possibility of getting an appointment with the department chairperson.8) Take a camera.9) Take notes immediately after the visit! After you have made a few visits, it becomes very difficult to remember which campus was which.10) Ask pertinent questions but also try to do your homework before your visit. Try not to ask some of the more obvious questions that you can easily find out just by skimming a brochure.QUESTIONS FOR THE COLLEGE VISIT (back to top)A. ACADEMIC COURSES1) How much flexibility will I have in my curriculum? Can I change majors? Can I double major? Is there a "core curriculum?"2) Will I have an assigned advisor for all four years? Can I choose my own advisor?3) What is the average class size?4) What is the faculty/student ratio?5) How many majors are offered at your school? Do you have a major in _?6) Can I get an internship in my field of study?7) Can I study abroad?8) How many credits do students usually take each term?B. FACULTY1) What percent of the faculty teach freshmen and sophomores?2) Are they full-time professors?3) Will I be taught by graduate assistants?4) How accessible are the faculty?5) Will I have the opportunity to do research with a professor in my major field of study?C. STUDENT LIFE1) What kinds of students go to school there? Are they diverse? Are they all from the local area? Are they tolerant of different kinds of students?2) What kinds of student organizations are there on campus?3) Are there fraternities and sororities?4) Is there school spirit?5) What kinds of athletic teams are there?6) Are there intramural leagues?7) Is there an effective student government?8) What happens on the campus on the weekends?D. MISCELLANEOUS1) Are freshmen required to live on campus?2) Is housing guaranteed for four years? What would be the best dormitory for a freshman? Can I change dorms?3) How is the food?4) Does your school have a safe campus?5) How active are the alumni? Where do they go after graduation? What percentage go on to graduate school?6) What kind of support services are available? (i.e. tutoring, services for students with special learning needs, etc.)?7) Do I need to have a computer? Are computer labs readily available throughout campus?8) Can I have a car on campus?E. FINANCIAL AID1) How much does your school cost? Does this include room, board, and fees?2) How can I apply for financial aid? Does your school offer athletic, merit, and/or performance scholarships?3) Can I get a job on campus?
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