Our admissions counselors agree that making multiple visits to the colleges you’re really interested in is always a great idea. But if your calendar is jam-packed, which type of visit should you choose?
IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A MORE IN-DEPTH VISIT:
Open Houses typically allow you to experience the college so much more than just a campus tour—and if you have the time, the longer you can stick around, the better.
At Siena's Open Houses, you get to chat with a variety of students (not just your tour guide), see a full display of clubs and organizations, follow a personalized agenda based on your interests, meet with faculty, sit down with financial aid staff and enjoy a free lunch. We also arrange for a few surprises throughout.
(Want to reserve your spot at our Open House on October 13? Register now.)
Of course, if you're unable to make a school's Open House dates, you should still schedule a campus visit, whether that means a tour, a chat with a counselor or other event designed for prospective students (like Siena's Design Your Own Days).
While Open Houses may be the best option for you, admissions counselors like to see that you've at least made some sort of visit. And trust us, you will enjoy yourself... it's an exciting process.
IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A QUICK INTRO TO COLLEGE:
A tour is a good way to get a glimpse of the colleges on your list, before you narrow down your selections. Later on, when you have just a few in mind, that's when you'll want to dig in a little deeper with an Open House or similar event.
Tours are quick; they usually last about an hour and are most often student-led, so even though you'll be in and out, you'll still get to hear about the college from someone who was in your shoes, be able to ask questions and see the highlights of the campus.
For ideas on what to ask, look for, and other tips, check this out: All Of Our College Campus Visit Advice In One Single Blog Post.