Sep 7, 2020
Fall is a popular time for high school seniors and even younger students to start scheduling visits and exploring their college options. With states limiting travel and schools reducing the number of guests they host, you might feel like your search is falling off track.
But don't put your search on hold. Many colleges, including Florida Southern, are going the extra mile to ensure you can explore their programs and connect with their communities.
Right about now, your mailbox is flooding over with brochures and postcards from prospective colleges. Instead of putting them in the trash, flip through. If there's a school that piques your interest, check out their website. You can find lots of information about what majors a college offers and what types of students excel there just by perusing the website.
While nothing can ever really replace the feeling of walking through the heart of campus, video tours are a great way to get a sense of a community. Many schools use videos to highlight campus landmarks, features, and characteristics that set their school apart. We host an extensive video library, a guided tour, and VRs which will give you the lay of the land.
Almost every college now offers online info sessions. While these sessions typically provide a quick overview of academics, campus life, and application and financial aid information, they also present a chance to chat with admissions representatives who can answer any questions you have. If you're looking to explore more deeply, many colleges will host virtual open houses this fall. These events include opportunities to look inside academic programs and connect with faculty and students. We'll hold our open house event, Day on Campus (we're laughing at the irony too), Saturday, September 26, and Saturday, November 14.
Websites and Info Sessions share lots of great information. But if you're looking to understand how a college can help you meet your specific career goals, your Admissions counselor is your go-to. Not only can they provide details about opportunities in your field, but they can also connect you with faculty, coaches, and current students that share your interests. As you narrow down your top choices, your Admissions counselor can help you complete your admission application and tell you more about the enrollment process. If you would like to schedule some one-on-one time with your personal Admissions counselor, we encourage you to sign up for a Moc Meeting.
Social media is a great way to get an unfiltered look at a community. Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, and even Tik Tok accounts can give you insights into the campus vibe. Be sure to check out clubs and organizations that you might want to join, such as sports teams, Greek organizations (sororities and fraternities), and clubs focused around specific interests. Following these accounts will help you get a fuller picture of what life is like.
Just like at school, notes give you something to look back at later. As you take virtual tours and participate in info sessions, make a list of what excites you and what doesn't. Write down questions that come to mind. Jot down your overall impressions. Detailed notes will help you when you're ready to discuss your options with your family and guidance counselor.
Don't let coronavirus derail your college search; you can still get a feel for every school on your college list. And better yet, you can do it all from the comfort of home.
Take a virtual campus tour, explore our video library, and join a live information session with an admissions counselor -- all from the comfort of home!
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