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More Secrets to Planning College Visits

When you start visiting colleges, there’s so much to take in: new faces, unfamiliar building names, and a ton of information about what goes on there. That’s why we’re here to help you make the most of your college visits. If you missed Part 1 of our college visit secrets, check it out here. We have a few more tips that will help you be prepared for your next college visit.


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The Next Steps:

Step 8: Take notes while you’re there. Write down what you liked and what you didn’t. Write down anything you want to make sure you remember when you leave.

Step 9: Take photos. Make sure your phone is fully charged and take photos during your tour. They won’t just be good for posting on Instagram – you’ll be able to review them later when you’re narrowing down your list.

Step 10: Read the student newspaper. Not only will you get an idea about what’s important to the students who go to that school, you’ll also find out about the events happening around campus. Many student newspapers are now online instead of printed, so ask your tour guide where to find one.

Step 11: Check out the dining center and student union. When you go to college, you spend more time on campus than you think – especially as a first-year student. You’ll want to get a feel for what day-to-day living is like at that college.

Step 12: Ask questions. Your student tour guide is a great resource – use them! A great question to ask is how the school helps new freshman get introduced to college life.

Step 13: Make an appointment to meet with a financial aid counselor. Paying for college and the different options that may be available to you can be overwhelming. Bring a list of anything you might be confused about before you go and don’t be afraid to ask for more information.

Hopefully you’re ready and excited to start planning your college visits!

If you have any questions before (or after) your next college visit, you can always reach out to us. We can help!


About SMC

Since 1911, Spartanburg Methodist College has been dedicated to offering an affordable, private, Christian-centered education to students of all religious and non-religious backgrounds.

As a two-year college, our specialty is helping high school students transition successfully into the college environment. Your first two years of college count at SMC, where you’ll receive an Associate Degree in one of six program areas. Earning an Associate Degree means you’ll have a college degree after only two years. Your degree coursework will then easily transfer to nearly any major at four-year colleges and universities across the state and nation, where you’ll enter as a junior.

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