Tools for Planning College Visits

Map of Colleges

Spring means college visit season for many students. Open houses, admissions sessions and student-led tours are great ways for high schoolers to get a feel for a campus. As you plan your visits, here are some tools for your "College Visit Toolbox":


  • Hedberg Map's Professor Pathfinder series or Wintergreen Orchard's spiral bound College Atlas and Planner offer printed maps for those who prefer to use a highlighter to map out their own route.
  • Many colleges offer their own mobile apps to enhance your visit. Check out each college website or call the admissions office to ask about apps. 
  • If you're undecided about whether to visit a particular college, try a virtual tour first. Sites like YOUniversity and GoSeeCampus offer an overview right from the comfort of your sofa. Check out a virtual tour before visiting a college to help you get "the lay of the land" before stepping foot on campus.
  • For people looking to let someone else do their college visit planning, full service companies such as Off2CollegeTours and CollegeCampusTrips will custom design an itinerary based on individual needs.
It's important to visit colleges before making the decision of where to apply. Seeing the lay-out of the campus in person, visiting the buildings and talking to students, staff and faculty are the best ways for students to determine if a particular college is a right-fit.

Have fun!

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