What to look for on your college campus tour

College campus tours are a bit like a safari. It’s your first time in the wild, you’re mystified by the range of species and how they’re interacting with each other, you’re told to observe, but not to engage.

The thing is, unless you’re a zoologist, or a baboon, it’s tough to know what to be looking for.  

Visiting a campus and being able to picture your life there can be a deciding factor when making the big decision, so to ensure that you get the most out of it, consider these 5 things that a creature of the wild would have you look out for:

1. Student Lounges: As you start to take more of the same type of classes you’ll end up in the same academic building for the better part of a day. Whether you’re floating adrift between a class that ended at 2:00 and one that starts at 3:30, or are scampering up two flights of stairs to a class that starts in 15 minutes, your student lounge will ultimately become your hub. Take a look around the lounge, if there is one, and make sure that it’s not overly cramped, it has tables big enough to seat a study group, and that the food options are varietal and moderately priced. If you’ve decided on a major, pay extra attention to the particular student lounges in those buildings.

2. Greek and University Clothing: Even more important than the amount of guys or girls wearing Pink Floyd shirts to a noon class is the amount of guys or girls wearing Greek Letters or university shirts. This speaks not just to the amount of fraternities, sororities or sports teams, but to the level of pride for each one. A lot of Greek shirts mean that the sororities and fraternities are actually effectual, through parties, campus involvement or philanthropy. A lot of university shirts tell you that a significant amount of students attend the sports games or are proud to represent the school. This is very important because there are many schools that are big in size, but have very little attendance at sports games or pride.

3. Congregation: The simple truth is that while college is going to be full of people your age looking to make friends and have fun, the campus doesn’t always cater to this desire. The perpetually autumn fields where romance, philosophy and spontaneous two-hand touch football games are born does not always exist. Tradition, architecture and off-campus living are the things that determine how vivaciously social the student body will be. Make sure to look for typical congregation areas and try to spot how many people are hanging out or just passing through.

4. Construction: It is very common for campuses to be undergoing construction. Unless you’re on a Harvard type campus where the buildings are magically historic, the university should be making some sort of improvements. Pay attention to where these developments are and make sure to ask how long they’ll take to finish. A new student area, dormitory or a glorious field could be just final perk you’re looking for.  

5. Campus Newspaper: While your tour guide will be sure to mention only the positive things, there are still ways to find out some dirt on your potential university. The simplest way: pick up a campus newspaper. Journalism students love to be critical. They are the voice of the student body—living testimony to the intelligence and passion of our country’s students—yet they are also 20-year-olds upset and overwhelmed by student loans, the lack of vegan meal options, the latest fraternity scandal, etc. By reading through the campus paper you will find out what on- and off-campus situations students are happy or unhappy with.

College Visit Getting into College What to Expect

When it comes to deciding which college to go to, probably no other factor matters to students more (on the average) than a school’s US News & World Report ranking.

Ever since the first list of “America’s Top 50 Colleges” was published in 1983, prospective students (and parents) all over the US have turned to the list as an easy way to know what schools were “good” and which ones weren’t so hot.

If you’re in the process of applying to college any time between September and November, you may have encountered the terms “Early Decision” and “Early Action.”

If you’ve done some reading on the subject, you may have also discovered that both are programs offered by colleges and universities that allow you to find out early—sometimes as early as the beginning of December—whether you got in your not.

Sounds like a sweet deal, right?

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“Healy Howl” and The Exorcist Screening, Georgetown University

Many college campuses date back a hundred or more years. They've been home to thousands of students, and if there's anything we've learned about the typical ghost, it's that they like to haunt their old homes.

This may not seem freaky to you, probably because you don't believe in ghosts, but reports show that more than a few campuses feature haunted dorms, some with well-documented histories and decades of witnesses to a host of spooky, unexplained phenomenon. Here are some of the spookiest.

 

If the monster mash is your jam - these schools might just be your favorite locations for Halloween.

These schools have the Halloween weekend down to an art. These are the schools that brag the best costumes, the scariest haunted libraries, pumpkin activities, and haunted hay rides.

Her Campus presents a list of the top 10 celebrations and the schools that love to hear your frightened shrieks.   

Read the fine print - discover the textbook prices that work for your class and your budget!

Made of money is not the first thing you think of when you picture a college student, quite the opposite. Textbooks can easily put a dent in your piggybank before the semester even starts. First and foremost, do your research. Spend time checking prices because nine times out of ten - the first place you look won't be the best price you could get.

Being a college student has more benefits than just the degree!

As you may know being a college student provides a ton of discounts: restaurants, gym memberships, and many other venues if you just ask or flash that ID.

Planning to bike to class?

"Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use." - Charles M. Schulz

Biking cigarette online usa is great for your health and great for the environment. Head to any college campus and you'll probably see several students cycling between buildings like bees buzzing to and from a hive.

Why trudge through snow to get to class when sunshine could be around the corner?

Halloween decorations are going up, leaves are changing colors, and frost is creeping in on your car's morning windshield. We're in the midst of fall, but we all know what comes all too soon after that Halloween party -- cold and (depending on your geographic location) miserable winter. 

Check out these shiny new majors that took a few years to download.

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The path of the future, even just in the past 10 years, has dictated what we needed to know to survive and thrive in the real world. Colleges often lead the way in making sure the next generations are ready for just that.

Happy and excited to rise and shine for an 8am lecture?….yeah, me neither.

We have been getting up for school all our lives, but when we go to college, free will is given to us to dictate our own bed times -very quickly, sleep patterns can become (quite) different.

If you’re a fan of shows like Paranormal State, a show about students from the Penn State Paranormal Research Society who spend their spare time seeking out ghosts, you’ve probably wondered if it’s possible to go to college to learn how to be a ghost hunter.

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"What you make depends a lot on what you take." -Anthony Carnevale

Love the idea of being your own boss but not sure about the rules?

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Bransen. What do all of these names have in common?

  1. They all have earned a ton of money and lived in personal success.
  2. None of them have a college degree.

Success stories like these have caused budding entrepreneurs to question if they even need to attend college. If you're going to be working for yourself, what difference does having a degree make? 

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