Georgetown University

  • Do schedule a campus tour and information session during the week.

We understand that weekends are likely the best times for you and your family to get away, but you should try to see a college campus when there are students milling about! You can learn a lot from the atmosphere of a campus in the full swing of things, so we advise you to go during the weekdays.

  • Do schedule your visit at least one month in advance.

Most schools offer multiple options daily for campus tours and information sessions during the Fall and Spring semesters; however, they do this out of necessity. Plan early, and secure your preferred tour date and time before it fills up!

  • Do e-mail the admissions representative for your area to let them know of your impending visit*, and try to schedule a brief meeting.

Touching base with your admissions representative will demonstrate your level of interest in the school, and it may give you the opportunity to interface with your rep in person. Remember that the Spring semester is a very busy time for admissions representatives, so even if you don’t receive a response, your introduction and/or inquiry will demonstrate your interest!

*Please note that you should send the e-mail, not your parents! This email should contain perfect, polished grammar and have a professional tone. WRE often proofreads and edits emails for our sophomore, junior, and senior clients, so please don’t hesitate to use us as a resource.

  • Do come prepared with a few questions to ask during the information session or tour.

Perhaps asking questions comes naturally to you, but even if it doesn’t, it is important to go into your campus visit prepared! Browse the school’s website, and think of a few questions you could ask. WRE also has a list of questions we can provide prior to your trip.

  • Do wear comfy shoes!

You should always put your best foot forward on campus visits, but wearing new shoes or dress shoes on the day of your campus visit is a bad idea. Depending on the school, you may walk up to four miles during the tour, and having to tend to sore, blistered feet will put a damper on your experience.

  • Do take notes!

Bring a notepad and pencil with you so that you can jot down notes. Perhaps more importantly, write down your impressions of the campus layout, student culture, classes, and buildings immediately after the conclusion of your tour. These notes will help should you decide to apply to the school and, thus, need to write supplemental essays during the application process.

  • Do send a brief follow-up e-mail to your regional admissions representative with one or two positive takeaways from your visit.

Sending a follow-up e-mail—especially if you met with the representative in person—will make a stronger case for your demonstrated interest. Again, reach out to WRE for help on how to draft an appropriate email!

  • Don’t play on your phone during the information session or walking tour.

Stay engaged, and convey a respectful attitude.

  • Don’t write off a school before you tour it based on what your friends say.

Everyone has an opinion, but until YOU visit a school, you won’t know if it is or isn’t the right fit for you.

  • Don’t be late!

Enough said.

  • Don’t limit your exploration to the official tour!

Eat lunch in the dining hall, walk into a local coffee shop, or observe students studying in the library! Most schools welcome prospective students and encourage independent exploration in addition to the guided tour. You might even be able to schedule a meeting with a specific department or sit in on a class!

Please inquire about the small, personalized college campus visits Within Reach Education offers to clients. To date, we have organized student trips to Boston, Washington, D.C., Alabama, and the Carolinas. We would love to help you and your friends become college visit experts!

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