As spring begins to take shape, many high school students are looking to start their next chapter in life, and for many of them they will be starting that next chapter in college. High schoolers of all ages will be visiting college campuses around the country to see which one is the right fit for them. But on that visit, both the students and the parents need to keep their eyes out for any sort of red flags. Here are five things that might pose an issue on your college visits.
Campus is a ghost town. When you step foot on a college campus, the campus should look lively and upbeat. When I made my college visits four years ago, I had several visits where campus looked like a ghost town, but most of those days were bad weather or during the school’s spring break. But if you go when class is in session and the weather is nice out, you should see several students out and about having fun on campus or heading to their next class. When a campus looks dead, that is a bad sign for any future student who wants to enroll at that school.
The presentation of the tour guide. The tour guide is the one person who can give you any and all details about the school. This is the time to ask any question you may have because you are getting the answers from the perspective of a student. But if the tour guide seems to not care about you, anyone is your group, or the tour in general, this can give anyone a bad interpretation of the school and the campus as a whole. The tour guide should be eager and willing to show you anything you want to see or ask any question you may have.
Dorms are messy/too neat. This is something that every college campus falls victim to and there is really no cure. Typically they will show you model rooms that they made look nice and presentable and some may show you a room that a current student lives in. They are more apt to show you the display room just so you can get a feel for how the room could look, but the best look may be at a current student’s room just so you get a glimpse of how they live.
Unorganized. If there is any sign that the visit is unorganized then they did not try to make the tour presentable. The tour guides have a schedule they follow on each visit so that you have the appropriate amount of time to see the whole campus.
No red carpet treatment. Each college campus will give you a red carpet treatment as soon as you arrive, but it’s bound to happen where you will feel mistreated. While on a college visit each student was broken into several groups of about 5-6 students in each group, with about 4 groups total. But as they were dividing the groups my name was not amongst those called so I joined a group for my tour of campus. I though they lost my paperwork or didn’t have anything on file, but I filled out a form as we arrived and handed it one of the tour guides. This wasn’t something major but this type of situation should not arise on any college visit since they are trying to paint the best picture for incoming students.