Five tips for a successful campus visit

A campus visit can be one of the best ways for a student to learn more about what a college or university has to offer. Students can learn so much more from a campus visit than simply from reading a brochure or website. A campus visit will give students a first-hand look at campus classrooms and facilities, the opportunity to speak with current students, and a chance to discuss their own goals and dreams with admissions counselors. According to a recent report in the Chronicle of Higher Education, 71 percent of students surveyed said a campus visit was their most trusted source of information when exploring colleges and universities.

Sara MacKenzie, assistant director of admissions at the University of Minnesota, agrees that a campus visit is the best way for students to learn more about the U of M. "The University of Minnesota has so much to offer, and each student can have a different experience here," says Sara. "Visiting campus is the best way for students to find out if the U of M is a good fit for them."

Below are some tips to make sure that you and your family get the most out your campus visit this summer:

1. Bring plenty of questions, and don't be afraid to speak up!

"Our tour guides and admissions counselors are here to answer your questions! All of our tour guides are current students and are excited to share their personal experiences at the U of M with you during your visit," says Ian Taylor, Jr., a student tour guide for the U of M. "You will get the most out of your visit by asking the questions that matter to you!"

2. Customize your visit to fit your own interests and goals.

We offer college specific sessions, residence hall tours, and meetings with an admissions counselor. "We always go the extra mile to fulfill a student's request," says Sara MacKenzie, who often works with families and students to create customized visits. "We want your experience on campus to be unique and fit your interests!" Take advantage of the variety of opportunities available to you while on campus by requesting a special appointment when you schedule your visit.

3. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

"While Minnesota summers are very beautiful, weather can always be unpredictable," says Alyssa Anderson, a student supervisor at U of M's Freshman Admissions Welcome Center, who recommends checking the forecast and dressing appropriately. "Be sure to grab your umbrella or pack your sunscreen, and always wear comfortable walking shoes."

4. Spend time exploring the Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan area.

"Spending a day or two exploring the Minneapolis/St. Paul area can really show you what our community has to offer," suggests Devin Kling, a student tour guide. Consider renting one of the Nice Ride bikes--rental bicycles available to students and visitors on campus--to discover the variety of neighborhoods, restaurants, and cultural events available nearby to our students at the U of M. You could also check out an exhibit one of the area's 50+ museums, catch a show at the Guthrie Theater, shop at the Mall of America, and so much more!

5. Don't hesitate to call with questions about what visit option is right for you.

Calling the Office of Admissions VISITLINE (612-625-0000 or 1-800-752-1000) to discuss our array of visit options is a great start to planning your unique campus visit and discovering why the U of M is a great fit for you!

"You can read all about the U of M online, but it doesn't compare to experiencing our exciting and beautiful Big 10 campus in person," says Meagan Fleming, a student tour guide.


Prospective freshman, transfer, and international students and their families are encouraged to visit campus early and often. You can explore visit options or schedule your visit online at http://admissions.tc.umn.edu or by calling the VISITLINE at 612-625-0000 (1-800-752-1000).

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