College tours are an amazing way to see if you fit at a college. There are some important things to look at and ask on a tour. Here are some topics I found helpful to look into.
Early Registration/ Application
Many colleges have special applications or class registration opportunities for students with a minimum GPA, ACT or SAT score. This will allow you to get a head start on your application process or get into the classes you really want. The only precaution with the early application option would be that some colleges make their acceptance a binding agreement. This means that if they accept you, you have to say yes and attend.
Research, Study Abroad, Co-ops, and Internships are some great extra opportunities colleges offer. There may also be some opportunities to combine programs. One university I looked at allowed you to get an engineering degree and an MBA at the same time. See if you can exchange some electives for graduate classes or classes from other programs.
Living Learning programs seem to be popping up all over the place. These dorms are comprised of students in the same college or related programs. Students in the living learning dorms see higher GPAs and generally do better in class. Ask if there are any special dorm options and if they have other programs that come if them.
The first step to choosing a college is the general tour. A college tour is the next step. This is when you can ask more specific questions. If the college tour goes well, meeting with a recruiter is a great way to get even more detail answers.
Making sure you feel at home at college is very important. If you don’t like the college, you shouldn’t go there! Trust your gut. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.