College tours are a great way to help students decide what school they might like to attend. I tagged along when my older sister started doing college tours and did a few of my own when I was a sophomore and junior in high school. My dream school was UCLA, where I would study acting after I got my bachelors, and I have fond memories of touring the campus with my Grandpa. The only other campus tour I remember was at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where I attended and graduated from.
I spent my sophomore year of college attending CSUMB in California. Luckily, my college was part of the National Student Exchange program which allowed me to switch schools for one year without transferring. Since I was living in Tennessee it was not convenient for me to travel to Monterey, CA, to take a campus tour. I liked everything that I saw on the schools website. Especially the fact that the beach was only a few miles from the dorms. While I ended up having the best experience I was nervous about going to a school that I had never checked out in person. I understand that you will not always have the opportunity to tour all of the schools that you apply to. What I do want to encourage though is touring the ones that you can.
College tours can be helpful when it comes to choosing the right school for you. The tours give you a chance to learn about the school from a student. It gives you an opportunity to decide if you can see yourself going there. You will get to see different buildings on campus and typically get to see what some of the dorm rooms look like. When I visited UTC I was interested in going there but once I saw the dorms it became my first choice for an in state school. UTC has dorm rooms that have individual bedrooms with full sized beds as well as full kitchens. After visiting schools with small and cramped dorm rooms I was extremely impressed by what I saw at UTC. If you have time I would also encourage you to check out the area around the college. I had been to Chattanooga before but exploring the city after my tour helped me feel even better about my decision.
Before you decide which schools you should take tours of I would encourage you to make a list of what you are looking for in a school. Once you know what you want you can do some preliminary research on the internet to see what schools you like. I would encourage you to tour at least two to five different schools. Even though I knew getting into UCLA as an out of state student would be a long shot it was still important for me to tour my dream school. It confirmed my belief that it was the perfect school for me. However, that won’t always be the case. You could think that a school is the right one until you visit it and realize that it is not quite what you were expecting.
Be sure to check out various college websites to see how you can reserve a spot on a campus tour.