A college road trip can be one of the most fun and informative steps in your college planning endeavors. Disney captured this special trip in 2008 when they released College Roadtrip. (See the official trailer here.) Some time in between the end of one’s junior year and first part of one’s senior year of high school is the best time to take a college road trip. So pick out a few of your top school selections, navigate the best route and head out onto the open road. But before you go, here are a few suggestions that will make your college road trip more beneficial.
Experience campus life
When you visit your college campus you want to experience as much campus life as is possible. While this may be a bit more difficult in the summer, you can still tour the campus. Call ahead and arrange a campus tour. You will want to see the dormitories, a classroom, the library, the cafeteria, and the grounds. If you are playing sports, you will want to see the area where your sport will take place. Even a summer visit will yield great information about your campus life. If at all possible, see if you could speak with a current student. One may be available even in the summer months.
Meet your Admission Counselor
Make sure you meet with your admission counselor. Chances are, you have already exchanged emails a few times. But an email is not the same as a face to face meeting. Let them get to know you, but also have a list of questions ready to ask them. Ask about the admission process, roommate selections, student to faculty ratio, career services, and much more. Also ask if there is anything outstanding for you to provide for the admission process.
Meet the Department Representative
If you have already declared a major, the college road trip is a great time to meet with your department representatives. Again, questions are the best way to find out the information you want to know. Most colleges already know what they want to tell you, but that may or may not be the information you want. Make a list of questions you want answered. Ask about course requirements, typical class size, office hours for professors, etc. A little early planning will make your college road trip more beneficial.
Meet the Financial Office
Do not leave the campus without taking the opportunity to talk with the financial aid department. You can ask about additional scholarships, payment options, financial aid deadlines, online work options, etc. This meeting can help you better prepare your financial picture for the college years.
There are many great benefits to taking a college road trip. But as you can see, a small amount of planning before the trip can pay great dividends during your trip. Our staff at College4Less are ready to help you prepare for your college road trip and your college financial needs. Contact our offices for additional information.