College tours are an important part of looking at colleges. If you plan on not doing them, I hope you aren’t bluffing because that is one bet that takes all your chips.
In a college tour you are usually placed among other prospective students and their parents. The guide is usually a very sociable member of the college community, and they most likely really like the college they are showing you. Since they want you to come to their college and have the same wonderful experience they are having, the tour guides show the highlights of campus.
These are some things that you should decide for yourselves while on the tour the college.
Most colleges force freshman to live on campus, so it is always a great idea to see where you may sleep. Most of the time the tour only calls for seeing one dorm as if every dorm on campus is like this. This is not the case unless you live in some sort of commune that builds every building the same with the same people in each one. Have a look at every type of dorm. This includes suites, community style, 4 bedroom, and whatever else the college may offer. Also, consider the chance that freshman year may be spent in the worst one and decide whether that’s ok or not.
2. Other Students
Take some glances and talk to the prospective students on the tour with you. These are generally what the rest of your class will be so you can decide whether you are a misfit or not.
3. Other Other Students
Occasionally the tour will have visitors; these are other students of the college prearranged by the tour guide more often than not, so they will only have good things to say. Look for students just relaxing or passing by and if you have the chance ask them about what’s important to you. These will probably say where the wifi doesn’t work or the bathrooms are constantly broken.
The average human can only go without food for 3 weeks (and that is the end of starvation), so a good idea would be to check out the local food joints. Both on campus and off campus, because if you need to go on a date on campus is most assuredly the most romantic place (thats sarcasm, take them somewhere reeeeeal nice and get them away from school).
Get a good look at what the classes are like, preferably your area of study, because this is about learning (or did you forget that). See if the teachers teach how you would like them to, notice how engaged the students are, feel how comfy the seats are. I made sure to ask “How are the classes?” to which one answered “Well, I guess they are better than my high school. But the desk has less space to sleep.”
These are the basic needs of a college student, if you can think of others DO NOT hesitate to ask. Happy hunting!