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Visiting Colleges

When making an appointment for a college visit, the student should keep the following suggestions in mind:

  1. The student should plan a time when NCDS is not in session.
  2. The student requests a definite date and time in her inquiry, and an alternate if the original time is unavailable.
  3. The Admissions Office should be notified as soon as possible if the student will be late or will miss a scheduled appointment.
  4. It is recommended that the student visit while the college is in session so that she will be able to talk not only with the admissions officers but also with the students who attend the college.
  5. One can get a good sense of the student body by eating in the college snack bar or dining hall. It is also a good idea to visit classes.
  6. Students should avoid a nonscheduled "drop in" to an admissions office. However, if an opportunity to visit a college at the last minute presents itself, the student should be courteous and understanding about what the Admissions staff is able to accommodate. Sometimes the student may join a tour; rarely, the student may find that an interview time is available due to a cancellation. Nevertheless, "dropping in" is discouraged and is not a productive way to visit a college.
  7. If the student would like to see a coach or a faculty member in an area of interest, she should mention that when she calls. Colleges do their best to accommodate the student.

Timetable for College Visits

  1. The student begins visiting colleges during her Junior year.
  2. The student visits as many colleges as possible during the summer before her Senior year.
  3. The student returns in the fall to those schools she was most interested in for a day of visiting classes, talking with students, and staying overnight, if possible.
  4. In order for the student to have the best choices of visit times, plan the visit 4-6 weeks ahead of time. Most visits are scheduled through the admissions department website. College interviews and tour spots fill up remarkably quickly.
  5. It is always nice to visit when a college is in session but the demands of the Senior fall term do not always make that practical or possible. A summer visit is generally more relaxed. Not only does the student have more time but the Admissions staff often does also. While overnight lodging and class visits are being offered at more and more colleges, not all do so.

Questions To Ask During The Visit

Please download this document and bring it to college visits.

College Visit Summary

Soon after a student has visited a college (preferably the same day), she should write down her thoughts about the school to refer to later. Here is a document that will help organize her thoughts.

Questions That Students Are Often Asked

Download this list of questions that students are often asked at visits and interviews.