GO TO THE CAMPUS
When should I visit a campus?
If there is a “high season” for campus visits, it would
be late spring and summer. June-August is when most students have the time to
visit colleges. The advantage to going during the school year is you will see
what the campus looks like when all of the students are present. Several
students will do their initial tour over the summer and then plan second visits
in the fall of their senior year.
A great weekend to tour a college is during the Education
Minnesota Professional Conference (students do not have school) in mid October.
A lot of universities have special events planned on that weekend. This will
allow you to visit colleges without having to miss school.
How do you arrange a visit?
Arranging a campus visit is a snap. All you need to do is
go to the university website, head to the “admission” page and look for a
“visit campus” link. You can schedule most visits online. Ms. Colvin has a list
of schools that have notified us of campus events. Stop by the Career Center
for details. Be sure to reference the “College Visit Questions” (sidebar) before
you make your trip!
LET THE REPS COME TO YOU
Throughout the fall and winter, Ms. Colvin arranges to
have numerous college representatives visit HHS. Getting a pass to meet with a
college representative is a snap. All you need to do is log on to Family
Connection. In the “college” tab you will see a link to “upcoming visits”. Find
the college you are interested in and click on “attend”. Ms. Colvin will send a
pass to each student who registered on Family Connection. It’s as easy as that!
We strongly encourage students meet with representatives for any colleges they
COLLEGE VISIT QUESTIONS
Are all students assigned
academic advisors? What is their role?
Are there parallel supports
available for students with learning disabilities (504 or IEP)?
How can those supports be
accessed and is documentation from the high school required?
Are there resources to help
students access internship opportunities?
Are there tutoring services
available to students?
How does the college help
graduates find jobs?
How easy is it to get
on-campus housing and what are off-campus alternatives?
How easy is it to get the
courses you want at the times that are convenient for you?
How easy is it to switch
How easy it is to switch
roommates or dorms?
How will AP credits from
high school transfer to the college?
What are the average class
What is the classroom
environment like? Is there much interaction between teacher and students?
What is the retention rate?
What kind of health
facilities does the college offer?
What kinds of work
opportunities are available to students?
What percentage of your
students graduate in 4 years?
What student organizations
are on campus?
What tuition increases are
planned in the next few years? What has been the average tuition increase in
What type of financial aid
packages does the school offer? How does the financial aid process work?