Chatham Hall welcomes visits from college representatives. We have recently begun using RepVisits to streamline the scheduling process. Please make appointments for a fall visit at repvisits.com, and thank you for your interest in Chatham Hall!
Why should I visit colleges?
To see how they “fit.” Just as you would try on shoes or test-drive a car, you need to determine if you will feel comfortable in the place where you might spend the next four years. All the research and rankings in the world won’t give you a “sense of place” that can only be obtained by first-hand experience.
When should I visit?
Try to schedule visits during long weekends and school holidays (although summer visits are better than no visits!) If you need an excused absence from school for a prospective visit, discuss it with the Academic Dean and the College Counselor, and have the appropriate forms signed.
What should I do in advance of my visit?
Get information from each college’s web site about the timing of group information sessions, tours, and interviews (if they are offered). Find out if you need to schedule the visit, or whether you can just show up. The web site ought to provide you with driving directions and a campus map as well. Make sure you know where the admissions office is, and where you need to park. Allow plenty of time in case of traffic or other delays.
In addition to group information sessions, tours, and interviews (if they are offered), what other things should I try to do when I’m visiting a college?
Pick up a copy of the student newspaper.
Eat a meal or a snack on campus.
Visit the bookstore.
Read the flyers posted on bulletin boards.
Visit any buildings of special interest to you (theater, radio stations, art studio, stables, etc.) that may not be on the regular tour.
Visit a class or two.
Walk around the surrounding town a bit.
What kinds of questions should I ask an interviewer or tour guide?
You should ask questions about specific academic or extra-curricular programs that are of interest to you. Don’t ask basic questions that might indicate that you haven’t “done your homework” in researching the school. Here are some questions you may want to ask:
What kind of access do undergraduate students have to professors?
How big are the freshman classes?
What happens on a typical weekend on campus?
To what degree do students become involved in community service?
What are the most controversial “issues” on campus right now?
How easy is it to register for the classes you want or need to take?
Why did you choose to go/work here?
How does the advisor/advisee system work?
Do you have an honor code? How effective is it?
What percent of students spend a semester or year abroad? What countries are most popular?
How does the housing system work?
What should I do after I leave the school?
Immediately record your impressions in a journal or notebook. If you had an interviewer or overnight host, write him/her a thank-you note.