Parents: Importance of College Visit

Visit campus with your student to get ahead
By UW Colleges

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Thinking of taking your son or daughter on campus visits? It’s better to do so sooner rather than later. You and your child will both benefit from a visit together and it will help you stay better connected to your child’s higher education experience. Find out other reasons why a college visit is so important for parents.

Gain Valuable Information

Visiting colleges lets you get your questions answered in-person. Prior to a campus tour, plan what kind of questions you’re going to ask. What degrees does this school offer? Are there tutoring options? What kind of extracurricular activities are available? Tours are the perfect time for you to get these important questions answered. During a campus tour, you will gain insight into campus history and events. Don’t hesitate to ask staff and current students about what it’s like to be a student there. By preparing for the tour, you will get a better idea of the ins and outs of the campus.

Be in The Loop

By going on a campus visit, you’ll gain a better sense of what your student’s day will be like. You won’t have to imagine what things are like on campus. It’s comforting to know what classrooms, dining halls, libraries and housing will look like. Recognizing spots on campus and knowing campus events and traditions will make you feel more connected to your child’s college experience. Staying in the loop will also help you bring up good talking points when you want to catch up with your student during their freshman year.

Support Your Student in Their Decision

Before planning college visits, have a discussion with your son or daughter about what they are looking for in a school. Consider that your child is the one who will be attending this school, not you. Remember to focus on their wants and needs in decision making. Doing some research about the school before the tour will give you an idea of what to expect. If any online information is confusing to you, be sure to get it clarified in-person. During the tour, check off items on your mental checklist or even write down pros and cons of each campus. Give them advice and supportive words as you walk around campus. After the tour, discuss what you both liked and disliked about the campus. Work together to make this important decision.

Feel The School Spirit

During your visit, some school spirit may rub off on you. Having pride in your student’s campus will show them that you are their biggest supporter. Be sure to take a photo by a campus sign to remember your first time at their school. Get excited for their new chapter in life!

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