• Schedule visits when colleges are in session so you can get a sense of campus life. This step in the journey is crucial because the college you are looking at could be vastly different from your hometown.
  • Check out CollegeBoard’s Campus Visit Guide.
  • Review this college visit Q&A as you prepare for your visits.
  • Contact the school’s admissions office if the college is far away and requires extensive travel. In some instances, colleges can help applicants pay for travel to their campus.

College Fairs

College fairs are also a great way to learn about colleges and speak to admission counselors. Seek out local college fairs and college representatives if they come to visit your school. Visit the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) for details on upcoming college fairs. Visit Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC) for Pennsylvania specific college fairs.

Virtual College Tours

If you can’t make it to a college’s campus, Campus Tours and YouVisit offer video tours of every major college in the US. In many instances, the college website will also offer photo and video tours of campus. Penn State – University Park provides an example with a comprehensive and interactive virtual tour.

Visit a school in the Philadelphia area

There are nearly 100 colleges and universities in the Greater Philadelphia area. And, the state of Pennsylvania has some of the best colleges in the country.

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