Campus day season is upon us. This is a time for students (and their parents) to go to potential colleges and universities before making a decision on where to apply. To get the most out of a campus day, here are a few tips to prepare beforehand.
Prepare a list of questions before you go.
Often, many students, faculty members, and professors will be on hand during a campus day to answer any questions you may have. It’s helpful to think of potential questions you may have about academics, social life, finances, or residence.
Here are some sample questions to get you started:
- What are the admission requirements for my program (arts, sciences, business, engineering, etc.)?
- What kind of financial aid (scholarships, bursaries, grants, etc.) is available for incoming students?
- What kind of courses do first year students in my program typically take?
Have a set plan on what you wish to accomplish during the day.
Universities and colleges will most often post the campus day schedule as well as maps on their website. If you’re driving, using public transit, or even flying in for a campus day, make sure to plan your route accordingly, so you don’t miss any sessions that you wish to attend. There is usually no set agenda for campus days. Choose the information sessions that apply to your interests, questions, and concerns. Faculty members and professors usually run these sessions, so don’t be afraid to ask them any questions you may have. They are there to help!
Take a campus and/or residence tour.
Besides information sessions, campus and residence tours will be running throughout the day. Often, campus tours are facilitated by students. They’ll be able to give you a proper understanding of the ins and outs of the university or college as well as important points of interest. Additionally, if you have any questions, students will be happy to help you as they’re experiencing campus life themselves.
If you’re thinking about living in residence, going on a residence tour can be extremely helpful. Most likely, you will be taken into the residence rooms where students are already living. You’ll be able to see how big the living space is and the different types of residences.
Here are some common questions about residences:
- Are there single rooms or shared rooms?
- Is there a common kitchen or a meal plan?
- What kind of security is available in the residence building?
Imagine yourself on campus.
You may feel like it’s impossible to decide which college or university you wish to attend. But as you attend all the information sessions and tours, imagine yourself on the campus next year. Do you enjoy the atmosphere of the university or college? If you’re going to live in residence, would you like the options available? Do you like the way your program and the courses are offered at this university or college? Ask yourself these questions.
In the end, you will eventually figure out where you wish to attend university or college. In the meantime, attend campus days because they will be extremely helpful in your decision making process!
Here are some links to university and college campus days and tours across Canada:
- Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada) – November 6, 2014: https://www.ryerson.ca/undergraduate/admission/connect/visits.html
- Humber College (Toronto, Canada) – November 8, 2014:
- University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) – Campus tours available Monday to Friday (various times):
- British Columbia Institute of Technology (Burnaby, British Columbia) – Campus tours available Wednesday to Friday (various times):