What Colleges Are Open for Tours? Your Guide

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August 28, 2023


Reviewed by:

Former Admissions Committee Member, Columbia University

Reviewed: 5/4/22

What colleges are open for tours? What should you expect during a college visit? This article will tell you everything you need to know about college tours!

When preparing and completing college applications, an applicant must narrow down the list of schools they want to apply to. Getting to know a college is one of the biggest parts of making this decision, and when it comes to doing college research, a lot of information can be found directly on a school’s website. 

But sometimes, online sources don’t give you the full picture. You might need something more up close and personal, which is where college tours come in. College tours allow you the opportunity to be at the campus yourself, and ask any questions that you have in-person.     

Visiting the campus of a school can either make or break your entire college decision. That’s why it’s very important to make the most out of the experience and get as much useful information as possible.

Therefore, applicants should be prepared. In this article, we will break down colleges that are currently open for tours. We’ll also give you tips on what you should expect and how you best prepare for college tours.

Colleges Open For Tours

The best way to find out which schools offer campus tours is to research online.Any information about college tours is almost always available on the school’s official websites. 

So, what colleges are open for tours in 2022? Here is a list of some of the popular colleges:

Colleges open for tours

These are a few examples of many schools that offer college tours, either virtual, in-person, or both! Simply follow their steps to register, and you’ll be ready for a visit!

What To Expect From College Tours

College tours usually include information sessions and a campus visit-and-tour. An information session has an admission representative giving you or your group various information about the college. Information sessions usually happen before and/or after the campus tour. 

The campus tour, as the name suggests, has an admission representative taking you and your group around the campus. You’ll get the opportunity to see the main parts of the campus, including classrooms, libraries, sports facilities, and dormitories.

On some college tours, you can get a chance to meet certain people in the university. This can include professors, admission officers, financial aid officers, facility members, students, and so on. 

During both the campus tour and the information session, you will have many chances to ask questions about the campus. These are valuable chances to get answers and information that you couldn’t easily find through online research.  

Note that campus tours can vary greatly in time; some are only one hour long, others can last from morning to night, and there are even campus tours that allow you to spend the night in a dorm room

Specific details about the length and schedule of the entire college tour should be informed prior to the actual date of the tour.

COVID Related Updates

Even though lots of schools have opened up for in-person campus tours, some schools are still affected by COVID-19. During college tours, there may be COVID-related standards and policies that you should take notice of. This can include social distancing, wearing a mask at all times, finding alternatives for handshakes, and so on.

Of course, these should all be notified to you prior to the tour date. So make sure you take notice of anything related to COVID. But even if other schools may not be open for in-person tours, many of these schools still offer virtual campus tours. 

These tours allow you to go through campus tours without having to travel. Usually, virtual tours are done through video calls or website streaming. Even though you can’t be on campus physically, virtual tours still offer lots of valuable information.

Be Ready!

Going on college tours is a great opportunity to learn more about the school’s academics, the application process, available facilities, and much more. If you ask the right questions, you can gather all sorts of valuable information that no website could offer! 

It’s very important to be prepared before the college tour, so you can get the most out of it. As mentioned before, you’ll get to visit, most if not all parts, of the campus. Getting to know the school before the tour lets you find out which questions you need to ask. 

Make the most out of it and avoid asking questions that are redundant or could be easily answered with a quick google search. College tour guides often say there’s no such thing as a “stupid question,” but that doesn’t mean you can’t be more efficient with choosing which questions to ask. So be sure to select your questions wisely!

FAQs: What Colleges Are Open for Tours

Hopefully, now you know everything you wanted to know about college tours. But in case you still want more, check out these FAQs!

1. Are UC Schools Open for Tours?

Yes! Here’s a list of UC schools that are open for college tours:

Be sure to take a look at the school’s website for more information. 

2. When Should You Start College Touring?

You should definitely start before your senior year in high school begins. Touring during grade 10 or 11 is optimal, but make sure you manage your schedule well.

3. Do College Tours Cost Anything?

Usually, the colleges don’t charge you. But you can still see expenses for travelling, food, and sometimes staying the night. Plan out your tours and keep note of anything that costs you.

4. Do Colleges Offer Tours During Summer Vacation?

Yes. Summer is an excellent time to visit campuses due to students usually having no school work to deal with, and you don’t have to ask for a day off at school. Many schools offer campus tours during the summer.

5. Does It Matter What You Wear For A College Tour?

Not really. Casual clothes are just fine. College tours are informal events.

Final Thoughts

And that is everything you need to know about college tours! Going on college tours is a great way to learn more about a school before you submit an application. You’ll get a feel of the campus, what the school is like and answer any burning questions that you may have. It’s not a formal event, so take it easy, prepare yourself well, and have fun! 

Hopefully this article answers all of your questions and concerns. Good luck on your college applications!

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