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During the summer of your freshman year, we suggested spending some time on campus to get a feel for what college is like and to see if college is the type of place you see yourself spending four years of your life. Now that you’re no longer a campus novice, it’s time to branch out as you compare college campuses.

But it’s more than just walking around campus and getting a frozen yogurt from the local ice cream shop. To get a real feel for the school, you need to do a little more in depth exploration.

Sophomore College Visits: Tips

To make the most of your college visits, check out these simple tips:

  • Start with colleges you have easy access to. At this point there’s no need to fly anywhere just to get a feel for a campus during the off season.
  • Many schools will still have classes, even in the summer. Take this opportunity to talk with students and maybe a few professors. Ask questions related to your college criteria.
  • Take a guided campus tour to get the inside information you couldn’t get on your own. Maybe you won’t be going to this school, but a tour will give you an idea of what to look for when you go on more extensive college visits.
  • Make note of what types of schools you visit. Are they large or small? Public or private?
  • Schedule an appointment with an admissions representative. Ask them what kinds of questions you should be asking as you proceed in your college search.

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