Opportunities to learn more and Talk to Admission Reps:
A helpful list: Spring 2018 List of Open Houses and upcoming College Fairs
The best ways to get a feel for campuses:
1. Campus Tours - a critical step
Taking organized campus tours is the single best way to learn more about colleges. There is only so much teens can do to imagine experiences at particular college campuses; they have to experience them first-hand. No other step in the college decision-making process comes close in gaining a sense of perspective, campus climate, admissions and program information, and the all-important "gut feel" for a college campus like taking an organized tour. Virtually all college campuses offer daily student-led tours. Some colleges require prior registering online for tours and some do not. Many colleges offer admissions and/or financial aid presentations in addition to the tours. For more information, look under "visits" on individual college websites. If you're just starting your college tours, sampling a variety of colleges with regards to size, environment, and public vs. private will effectively help to develop your search focus.
While on campus, consider doing some of the following to get a better feel each college:
- Eat in the dining hall or student union.
- Check out the campus newspaper.
- Sit in on a class and/or meet a professor.
- Talk to students; ask them what they like and dislike about that campus.
- Check out the surrounding community.
- Talk to admission reps.
2. College "Preview Days" or "Open Houses"
These are day-long campus experiences that we highly recommend taking advantage of.
3. College Fairs
- WACAC College Fair at Mission College, Santa Clara Thurs, May 4, 2017(6-8pm)
- List of colleges registered to attend this event on May 4.
- NACAC College Fair, in San Francisco (Cow Palace) Sat, April 29, 2017 (1:30-4:30pm)
- Colleges that Change Lives, in Santa Clara Mon, July 31, 2017 (7-9pm)
- NACAC STEM College Fair TBD for 2017(Nov 6, 2016)
College fairs offer excellent opportunities to talk to college admissions reps from a variety of colleges all gathered in one place. Bring your questions on admission requirements, college majors, financial aid, extra-curricular activities, sports, and more. Learn more and/or discover a college or two you had not yet considered. Be sure to pre-register for college fairs, if offered. Registration is free.
4. CollegeWeek Live
CollegeWeek Live is an excellent resource for an online college fair and admission events. Access admission reps from 300+ colleges and video webcasts about student life at various college campuses.
5. Can't make it to a college campus? Try a virtual or online tour:
For those colleges too far away to tour, or to "pre-tour" a less expensive way, try taking a virtual or online tour. Many colleges have virtual tours on their websites. Or try these websites for a multitude of campus virtual tours: