Students have many options if they want to learn more about a college and determine if it’s the right fit for them. A college’s website is an excellent source of information along with virtual events. However, touring a campus or attending an in-person campus event can have several benefits. In fact, it may be one of the best ways to get a comprehensive understanding of a university. For many, it can be the deciding factor in choosing the school they’ll attend.
Here are some of the advantages of visiting a college campus:
1. You will gain a familiarity with the campus
Visiting a campus can give you an immediate feel for the physical environment. You’ll get to experience the layout of the campus, the types of buildings and facilities available, and the general atmosphere.
If it ends up being the right college for you, it can also be a plus to have a basic understanding of the campus. This can be particularly important when you’re trying to find your classes on your first day.
2. You’ll get to meet and chat with current students and faculty
Visiting campus can give you an opportunity to meet with current students, faculty, and staff, who can each be very valuable as you make your decision on which college to attend. Each can offer a unique perspective on what your time at a specific college may be like.
With faculty, you’ll be able to gain an understanding of both their background and expertise, along with information about the school’s curriculum and the overall rigor of the academic programs. Speaking with current students, on the other hand, can provide valuable insights into the college’s culture and campus life. If you’re interested in extracurricular activities, current students may be able to share some of their recent experiences.
3. You can assess campus resources
There are a variety of resources that are important to have on a college campus to support student success. Colleges all offer similar resources but often to varying degrees.
Beyond the usual libraries, computer labs and fitness centers, colleges may offer important tools that can have a big impact on your future career. Student learning clinics, like the NUHS Whole Health Center clinic, allows you to work with patients and experience a clinic environment before graduation. Other available resources at NUHS include an on-campus Botanical Garden, Herbal Dispensary, biochemistry lab, a Gross Anatomy Lab and a state-of-the-art Hydrotherapy Suite.
Access to certain technology can vary too. National University, for example, allows students to use today’s most state-of-the-art equipment and technology. At National University’s James F. Winterstein Library, you can find the Anatomage Table, today’s most technologically advanced digital visualization system for anatomy education. NUHS also offers a Training and Assessment Center with standardized patient programs and digital recording technology that allows students to learn, practice, and be assessed on their diagnosis and patient interaction skills.
At a campus visit event you can more thoroughly assess these resources first-hand.
4. You can identify potential challenges and experience the local community
Taking the time to visit the physical campus is well worth the effort because it could allow you to foresee any potential issues you may encounter as a student. This includes issues related to transportation, housing and other logistics. It’s like driving the route to a new job before your first day. You’ll be able to get a real taste of what commuting to campus is like along with what spending a day there may be like.
By visiting campus you’ll also be able to see the local community and some of what it has to offer. You can see if there are suitable places outside the university for lunch, study and even weekend activities and nightlife. You can also ensure that it has affordable housing available within a reasonable distance. All of which are important factors involved in making an informed decision about whether or not the school is right for you.
5. Demonstrate your interest to admission counselors
Visiting the campus can demonstrate your interest in a school. For many admissions counselors, this can be a factor in the admissions process. Admissions advisors may be more likely to accept applicants who have demonstrated a strong interest in the school, including by visiting the campus.
The college you attend can have a significant impact on your academic and career success, as well as your overall well-being. It’s critical to explore potential colleges thoroughly. Visiting campus before applying is a great way to get started. Overall, it can provide you with valuable information that can help you make an informed decision about whether or not to apply.
Get to Know National University of Health Sciences during the upcoming Student for a Day event May 19
At National University’s Student for a Day event, you’ll be able to experience each of these important advantages.
The event is meant to give you an opportunity to understand student life at National University. It includes two sample classes so you can get a real taste of the curriculum. You’ll also be provided with two tours, one of the NUHS Whole Health Center clinic and the other of the entire campus, including student housing.
During a complimentary lunch, you’ll be able to chat with students and faculty who will share each of their unique perspectives on the school. You’ll also be able to speak with financial aid representatives for a more detailed look at tuition costs. Afterward, you’ll have the chance to explore the surrounding community.
Join us at our NUHS Student for a Day program and truly put yourself in the shoes of our students. Plus, just for visiting our campus, you’ll receive a $55 application fee waiver and $1,000 tuition credit toward your first trimester in our graduate programs, or $500 tuition credit toward your first trimester in our undergraduate programs!