Launch Global Education
Sparks blog: Have You Been There?

by Mr. Michael Wagner

The college application process is a mix of emotions – daunting, overwhelming, exciting, and thrilling. Yet, amidst the flurry of applications and information sessions, one crucial aspect of making your college decision often gets overlooked: the campus visit. While online research and high school information sessions provide valuable insights, nothing compares to experiencing the physical campus firsthand.

Overhead shot of college campus

Imagining yourself there

A campus visit offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the energy of a college. Walking through the quad, grabbing a coffee, and soaking up the atmosphere allow you to envision yourself as part of the community. Whether it's studying in the libraries, cheering at sporting events, or engaging in student life, a visit helps you connect with the environment, shaping your college experience positively.

student thinking at window

Obtaining valuable insights

Beyond glossy brochures and data, campus visits unveil hidden gems of a school. Participating in student-led tours facilitates conversations with professors, attending information sessions, and gaining insights into the school's culture. You might uncover academic opportunities, clubs, or support services that align with your interests and needs. The real value of campus visits lies in the opportunity to have your questions answered by those who know best – admissions representatives, faculty, and students. Don't be shy! Ask about financial aid, student life, academic rigor, or any other concerns. Authentic responses provide clarity and invaluable insights that brochures or websites can't offer.

students chatting

Narrowing your list

Refining your college list and avoiding potential regrets is another benefit of campus visits. Discovering hidden gems or realizing mismatches ensures you're applying to colleges that resonate with you personally and academically.

hands at laptop

Making the choice

Remember, it's not just about the college choosing you; it's also about you choosing the college that feels right for the next chapter of your life.

In our
upcoming Sparks blogs, we'll explore specific aspects of campus visits that
shape your decision-making process, including demonstrating interest, attending
information sessions, experiencing the campus environment, researching student
support services, seeing the accommodations offered, and sampling the food.
Embrace the campus visit –it is an investment in your future and a crucial step
towards finding your academic home.

Mr. Michael J. Wagner

Michael Wagner, MAED is a founder and the Knowledge Pilot for Launch Education.  Mr. Mike has assisted hundreds of students around the world on their college pathways. Mike counsels students in Maryland, California, and around the world.