I remember scanning the names of students who were planning to attend the night before. I would scour their applications one last time, reminding myself of all the little things I admired about them.
The next morning, I was on a mission. I couldn't wait to meet them—usually for the first time. I wanted the admitted students and their families to feel welcomed. Most of all, I wanted them to have a great day on campus and ultimately commit to the university where I worked. This was and remains the goal for all colleges who host admitted student programs leading up to the May 1st enrollment decision deadline. Colleges want students to say "yes" after visiting!
1. Register now.
2. Consider visiting during the week rather than the weekend.
3. Avoid visiting campus on the first few nights of Passover and Easter weekend.
4. Try to narrow your final choices down to two or three colleges at this point.
5. If cost is a factor and you have limited resources, contact your admissions officer as some colleges have travel budgets for admitted students.
6. Review the schedule of events in advance.
7. Arrange a meeting for the day of the event.
If you want to meet with someone like a financial aid officer, professor in the department that you plan to major in, or a friend from home who attends the college, be sure to contact them now.
8. Observe the people you see.
9. Talk to as many current students as you can.
10. If there is a building, spot, or resource on campus that will be important to your happiness and success while in college, carve out time in your day to take a look—even if it means taking a detour from the schedule of events.
Where to enroll for college is the biggest decision of your life so far. Don't make it based on what you read or hear from others. Experience the college yourself at an admitted student program because that is when your heart and mind connect in a way that speaks the truth about where you belong. Travel safely. Enjoy this moment. And embrace this opportunity to make a sound decision about where to spend the next four years of your life.