It is open house season and time to prepare for a round of campus visits. These visits are opportunities to really know and understand what makes a school or program tick. Campus visits can be very important in making good decisions and reinforcing perceptions about schools. Students should strive to visit campuses whenever possible so they can validate impressions formed in the research process.
The campus visit as an opportunity to speak with students faculty staff and others related to the program you’re considering, and are many times more valuable than reviewing literature and other forms of interaction. Where else will you have the opportunity to ask your questions face-to-face and watch as people respond to you?
Come prepared. Have already read the schools website and printed materials, have already participated in other forms of interaction like web chats and webinars, and bring your list of questions. Questions are important because you may or may not be thinking the same thing as somebody next to you, but if you don’t ask the question there’s a chance that nobody else will either.
I believe that the services offered during the admissions process including the campus visit are a reflection of what students should expect when they enroll at a school or program, and are therefore an additional window into the future.