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Publish Date - June 08, 2021

Author: Charlotte Banks

Categories:   Tips & Insights For Car Buying    Vehicle & Buying Research   

7 Tips for Your College Visit Road Trip

Choosing the right college is such a major life decision. College life is one of the determiners that shapes us into who we are later on. This is why students need to make sure they’re considering all the right options and making a wise decision on which college to attend. And, the whole process can be so much fun if you turn it into a college visit road trip.

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Choosing the right college is such a major life decision. College life is one of the determiners that shapes us into who we are later on. This is why students need to make sure they’re considering all the right options and making a wise decision on which college to attend. And, the whole process can be so much fun if you turn it into a college visit road trip.

Visiting the colleges you're interested in will help you see on-campus life, meet some professors and fellow students, and get the feel of the energy. To help you prepare for your college visit road trip, we’ve put together this handy guide.

Here are our top 7 tips you should follow while on the road to visit colleges.

1. Do Research & Planning

Your college visit road trip needs to be well-planned out. That means you need to:

  • explore different colleges online
  • decide which ones to visit
  • decide on the best routes
  • plan each day on the road

You don’t want to leave too much for improvisation to make sure you make the most out of your trip. Also, if you’re an international student or have immigrated to the US, find out details about your potential application to each college. IsAccurate can help with translation, and there are other useful resources you should check online.

Check Your Car

If you’ve chosen your car wisely, you probably won’t have any trouble on the road. But, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

You don’t want to hit the road ready to explore colleges, only to have a problem with your auto a day or two later. Before your trip, take your car for a checkup and get it ready for the long hours of driving.

Make sure to check:

  • the battery
  • fluids and filters
  • tires and brakes
  • lights
Once your car gets approval from the mechanic, you'll be ready to get going.

3. Be Open-Minded

You never know how you feel about a college, until you’re there, on the spot. That’s why you should be open-minded when creating your list of colleges to visit.

Don’t make it a list of 5 more or less the same colleges, but try adding something different to the picture.

If you think you want to go to a public college in a big city, add still at least one less urban college that has fewer students to get the feel of it.

4. Prepare Questions

During the time of visiting your colleges, you’ll have a ton of things roaming your mind. But, you need to gather the essential information that will help you decide later.

So, go ahead and prepare questions you'd like to be answered. Wait until the tour is over and see if there's something unanswered. Then, talk to the tour guide or a student on campus, and get all the information you need.

Take Notes Actively

Once you get to each of the colleges, and the tours begin, start taking notes. You want to write it all down:

  • the application process
  • the cost of living
  • the courses
  • the professors
  • the campus life
If the application process requires you to brush up on your foreign language skills, The Word Point can help with translation. Make sure you’re fully prepared. Plus, without the notes, things can easily get mixed up once it’s decision time.

6. Take a Moment

You mustn't just rush through the colleges without taking a moment to sink it all in. You should find a moment to slow down to:

  • imagine yourself studying there
  • sit and watch the students on campus
  • walk around for a while, just exploring
A bit of spontaneity and a moment to relax are what you need to incorporate in your road trip.

Go on Detours

You should be relaxed during this road trip since stress won't help you see things clearly or make the right decision. Fun detours can help you be at ease and enjoy this time with your friends and family.

So, make a list of nearby tourist attractions or natural beauties you and your road trip buddies would like to see. This will help you remove the stress and enjoy this road trip.

Final Thoughts

Visiting colleges is challenging and potentially nerve-wracking. The stress and pressure of the decision you’ll soon need to make can make it hard to think straight. But, if you turn it into a fun and exciting adventure, you’ll be doing yourself a huge favor.

So, use our tips to plan the perfect college visit road trip and enjoy every second of the process.