Admission Tip #3: Visit the Campus

Even if you feel that the schools you plan to apply to would be a perfect fit, it is always a good idea to visit each campus.  Some high schools even allow seniors to miss a few days of school to visit college campuses.  The purpose of your visit is to see if you feel comfortable on the campus and can picture yourself as a student at that school.  Thus, you want to make sure you spend an adequate amount of time on the campus rather than just taking a quick tour. I recommend that you make a list of the schools you are interested in visiting.  Map out a schedule to see if you can visit more than one school on the same day.  Wheelock is part of the Colleges of the Fenway, which comprises of five other schools that are in close proximity: Emmanuel College, Simmons College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  Thus, you might be able to visit Wheelock and a nearby school before you make the trip home. When you schedule your visit, see if you can meet with an admissions representative and tour the campus.  If you are not able to schedule a guided tour of the campus, ask the admissions office if they might have a map for a self-guided tour.  Try to meet current students and ask them about their experience at the college.  If possible, visit a class to see if you like how the classes are taught.  In addition, try to see what extracurricular activities are offered.

Also, you may want to take notes during your visit.  Keep all of your college visit notes together.  When you are working on your applications, refer to your notes to see what you liked about each school.  This will help you determine if you would still like to apply to those schools.

If you are interested in visiting Wheelock, you can register for your visit here or contact the main office at (617) 879-2206.  I hope to see you on campus!