How to make the most of your campus visit

Group of people looking at mountains while on campus tour

At CSU, we believe in embracing the process as much as the result. For that reason, we encourage each of our prospective students to explore their college options before deciding which one is the best fit.

A great way to explore your options is to experience campus first hand. That’s why we offer a variety of ways to visit campus.

Once you sign up for a visit, your next step should be to prepare for your day. Learn what steps you can take to make your visit the best it can be.

Want to see more of a particular college or major? Plan ahead.

Our admissions tours is meant to give a broad overview of CSU. Due to time constraints, we do not include individual college or departmental tours in these sessions.

Although individualized sessions aren’t part of our itinerary, you are encouraged to reach out and schedule your own individual college or department tours during your visit day. Directly contacting the department or college that you’re interested in is a great way to get detailed information or schedule a tour.

Pro tip: Colleges and department visits get booked quickly. Allow 2-3 weeks notice when scheduling your visit.

Comfort is key

Here in Colorado, the weather can change quickly. Be sure to check the Fort Collins weather forecast and dress accordingly. The difference between wearing boots and a jacket or sunglasses and a T-shirt can happen in mere minutes.

No matter what the weather forecast calls for, there are a few must-have items to bring along: comfortable shoes, a water bottle, and a smartphone or camera if you plan to take photos. Part of your campus visit will include a walking tour, so expect to be on foot for about 90 minutes.

Bring your questions along

During your visit, you can expect to spend time with both admissions counselors and current students. The experience will provide you with the perfect opportunity to ask questions about the admissions process, academics, student life, and everything in between. Consider writing down a list of questions ahead of time and bringing them along with you.

If your questions don’t get answered during your tour, admissions counselors will be available before and after your tour for 1-on-1 questions. Plus, you can always set up a virtual chat with your admissions counselor to ask your specific questions at any time.

After you check in, you’ll be placed into small groups for a campus tour. A current student will serve as your tour guide and will have a wide range of knowledge about topics like academics, housing, and extracurricular activities. This time will provide you with a great opportunity to ask questions about life at CSU.

You can expect to be with your tour guide for 90 minutes and are encouraged to ask questions at any point during the tour. If you prefer to ask questions in private, don’t hesitate to pull them aside at the end of the tour.

Get off campus

CSU has strong ties to the Fort Collins community, so part of your college experience will likely involve off-campus experiences. Exploring the surrounding area during your visit will give you the full picture of life as a CSU student.

Check out our beyond campus blog post to plan an off-campus experience you’ll love.

That’s it!

Visiting campus is a fun part of the college search process. Rest assured that your visit to CSU will be an enjoyable and valuable one whether you plan it out or not. That being said, taking the extra step of identifying your priorities will make the experience that more valuable.

Think about your top needs and wants from your future college and make them priorities during your visit. Whether that means checking out outdoor recreation options or meeting with staff from a particular major, a little bit of planning will go a long way in deciding if CSU is the right fit for you.

Jill Baylis

Jill was a staff member in the Office of Admissions until 2019 when she moved to Denver. As a first-generation college student, she focused on simplifying the college admissions process and helping future Rams find community on campus.