This year (2018-2019), colleges will be conducting their visits during LASSO (unless otherwise stated). Only juniors and seniors will be able to attend the college visits. The counseling office will make announcements a week in advance of the visit, and students will need to sign up in the counseling office ahead of time to attend the college visit.
Check back here and on our bulletin board in the College and Career Center often so you don’t miss out on upcoming college visits!
August 30th - Gordon State College September 5th - Jacksonville State College September 6th - Columbus State University September 12th - Georgia College (aka GA College & State University) September 13th - Berry College September 24th - University of Tennessee, Knoxville September 26th - Georgia Gwinnett College October 1st - University of Alabama at Birmingham October 3rd - Valdosta State University October 8th - Georgia Highlands College October 10th - University of Cincinnati October 18th - Purdue University October 31st - Sewanee: University of the South November 1st - Georgia Higlands College November 7th - The University of Alabama November 8th - Georgia Southern University
Off campus college visits: Juniors receive one (1) excused absence when they visit a college and seniors receive two (2) excused absences for college visits.
Visiting a college campus is one of the most exciting steps in choosing a college. If possible, it’s best to visit colleges before your applications are due. That way, you can be confident you’d be happy at any of the colleges you’re applying to.
It’s also best to go is when the college is in session. That way, you’ll get to see it when classes are meeting and day-to-day activities are taking place.
Plan your visit in advance and make sure classes will be in session.
How to Pick a Date
Below are some guidelines on when to visit. Plan your visit well ahead of time, so you can make sure that you see what you need to see and meet with the people who can tell you what you need to know.
During the Week
Mondays through Thursdays are ideal for visits since campuses are generally in full swing. Visiting on a Friday may not be as practical, as students, faculty and staff might be busy with social activities starting Friday afternoon.
High school holidays that fall on Mondays are often great opportunities for making college visits. Many colleges are in session on these days — and you won’t be missing any of your high school classes.
The Best Seasons
The late summer and early September before senior year are convenient times to visit, since many colleges begin their fall semester as early as mid-August.
The spring of junior year is a good time if you’ve already researched colleges. Spring break is also good if you play fall sports or are considering applying under early action or early decision plans, which usually have application deadlines in November of senior year.
It may be more useful for seniors to wait until the fall through winter to make their visits. That timing can help seniors narrow college lists.
After You’ve Been Accepted
Many colleges invite their accepted candidates to spend a few days on campus before the May 1 reply date to encourage them to enroll. This is a good opportunity to make some in-depth comparisons between the colleges that have accepted you.
However, if you’re planning to wait to visit colleges until after you’ve received acceptances, keep in mind that you may have only a few weeks to visit and make your decision. Most colleges don’t mail acceptance letters before April, and the standard reply date is May 1.
When Not to Go
Check specific dates with each college so you don’t arrive when the campus is deserted. Call the college or look on the college’s website for the academic calendar to find out when breaks, reading periods and exam periods are scheduled.
Colleges are not in session during:
Winter and spring breaks
Summer, unless there is a summer session
College classes don’t meet during:
Saturdays and Sundays
The admission office may be closed to visitors at certain times. For example, admission officers may be too busy to meet with you in May and April — that’s when they’re reviewing applications. Check with the college.
Adapted from Campus Visits and College Interviews by Zola Dincin Schneider.
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