College is one of the biggest decisions you will make in your young adult life. A decision that is likely to affect your life in a big way should not be taken lightly. And as is true with any other decision in your life, it is one you should not make without investigation. A college tour will help you get some very important questions answered. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your college tour.

Fix a date with the college

Most colleges prefer to be informed in advance about tours so it is advisable to call a couple of weeks ahead to set up a meeting with the concerned person. Colleges like CollegeAmerica introduce you to an admissions consultant upon visiting the college. According to CollegeAmerica student reviews, this admissions consultant tries to find out more about your goals, motivations and interests to help you find a program that best fits you. You can find a CollegeAmerica student review easily, which will help you determine if the college is the right place for you.

Pay close attention

College campuses can be really big and if you’re ever going to end up attending the college, you’re going to want to know your way around campus. Pay close attention to your tour guide as he or she points out various college buildings such as the administration office, libraries, recreational center etc. Also, be mindful of the appearance if the campus. Is the campus well maintained? Are the laboratories and equipment up-to-date? Tour guides usually provide you with enough information about the college and its programs so you should keep an ear open and try to take in as much as you can.

Speak to current students

A college tour is a great opportunity to speak to current students. Not only can you talk to them directly about how they find college, but you could also make friends with a few. So should you choose to attend the college, you’ll already be familiar with a few students who will make you feel comfortable and help you fit right in.

Visit when classes are taking place

This is a great way to find out how the classes are conducted and the interaction between the professors and the students. It can give you a chance to gauge how involved the professors are with their students and whether they’re doing a good enough job of keeping the students actively engaged as well as interested.

Questions a student should ask during a tour

• Who are the best or most loved professors?

• Are advising and career counseling services provided to the students?

• How accessible are the faculty?

• How accommodating is the administration?

• What financial aid programs does the college support?

• What are the additional or hidden expenses other than the college tuition, if any?

• Is the tuition fixed or can it be expected to increase as the academic year progresses?

A college tour is your chance to speak to current students, walk down the halls and get a feel of what your life could be like at college. Depending on what you want from college, do your research and narrow down your choices. There is a lot of information to cover and you might feel like you never might know enough so you should read up on student reviews if you can find any.

Author's Bio: 

Margaret Metzinger is an avid reader and an Educational Consultant having rich experience of more than 10 years. His areas of expertise include Educational Planning, Career Planning & student counseling. In his spare time, he loves to participate in online literature forums and promote reading for youth.