Tips for the Best Visit

15 Tips for the Best Visit

You have a big choice ahead of you—picking a college isn’t easy. Learning about your options online is important, but nothing beats visiting a campus and getting a feel for the energy of students, professors, and the atmosphere.

By following these helpful tips, you will be sure to get the full Truman experience on your visit so you can make an informed choice about the place you will one day call your alma mater.

  1. Use the web to learn about Truman before your arrival to campus. It will give you an idea of what you want to pursue further while you are on campus.
  2. Ask questions, and lots of them! It even helps to make a list before you arrive so you make sure to hit all of the important topics while you are here.
  3. Go on an official campus tour to see the highlights of campus. Your student ambassador tour guide will be happy to tell you everything about being a student at Truman.
  4. Explore campus on your own to take more time at the places you saw on the tour, and even explore areas where the tour did not take you. This will also give you some much-needed time for reflection about everything you are seeing and doing on your visit.
  5. Take pictures and notes because college visits can be overwhelming–especially when you’re going on a lot of them. Keeping a record of your visit will help you remember what you saw, where you saw it, and what you thought about it at the time. This can be extremely helpful when making your final enrollment decision later.
  6. Meet with an admissions counselor to learn all sorts of information about Truman, including answering questions about the application process, financial aid, and student life.
  7. Talk to current students about their Truman experience. They are your greatest resource for getting an insider’s perspective about what it is like to be a Bulldog.
  8. Sit in on a class of interest to get a feel for what it’s like to major in a subject you find intriguing. Participating in classroom discussions will help you picture yourself among the curious Truman students.
  9. Speak with a professor who teaches in a subject you are considering for a major to learn more about the industry, what you will cover in your classes, and what a degree in that field can do for you when you graduate.
  10. Pick up some food at a dining hall, Mainstreet Market, Jazzman’s Café, Zime, or the Truman convenience store to get a taste of the campus cuisine.
  11. Take notice of the posters and bulletin boards around campus to get an idea about the kinds of activities that happen throughout the year. The Student Activities Board hosts many student events you may even be able to attend!
  12. Read the student newspaper, The Index, to tap into students’ voices and perspectives on all things Truman.
  13. Stay overnight in a residence hall and live like a Truman student for a day. You can experience the residence hall’s atmosphere and meet Student Advisers.
  14. Attend a sporting event to cheer on the Bulldogs in one of our NCAA Division II sports and feel true Truman pride.
  15. Explore Kirksville by shopping downtown, touring area parks and attractions, and eating at a local restaurant to sample what the Kirksville community offers students and residents.