Check the website or contact the admissions office of the schools you’re hoping to visit to confirm campus tour availability and familiarize yourself with visitor protocols. If you’re unable to visit a particular campus, learn more about How to Choose a College Without Visiting It.

There are so many ways to research colleges these days — virtual tours, online chats with current students, alumni LinkedIn profiles, social media channels and, of course, in-person visits. In all likelihood, you’ll be doing a combination of several methods. 

If you are able to plant your own two feet on campus, it’s important to optimize your time as you’ll likely only be on campus for a few hours. 

Here are helpful tips on how to make the most of an in-person campus visit.