College Visits Offers Insight on The Big Decision


Michael Grijalva

Seniors explore Mission Fed JA Finance Park.

Christian Platas-Sanchez, Editorial Writer

College visits are important, especially during junior year. College representatives have come to Preuss earlier this year to talk about their universities, but it’s not the same as college visits because visits give students more of a feel on what the environment of the certain school is like and the campus size to determine if they could see themselves going to that school.

This is why the juniors’ were excited to visit both the University of San Diego and San Diego State University on February 27th and February 28th, respectively. The visits came at the right time, just as they are deciding which colleges they may want to apply to.

A crucial part of these college visits is seeing the programs the college has to offer and the open opportunities to see what college life is actually like. College visits can help with demonstrating further interest in the colleges when starting the application process. At USD, the tour guide gave insight on what building is designed for which major and what major the college is strongest in.

In addition, financial aid and scholarships is a common aspect in deciding which college to attend spending on financial stability. It may be harder for some students to pay off tuition of these colleges, but with these talks of financial aid and scholarships during the college visits, the students can garner more information that contributes to their eventual decision.

Some students thought that the college visits didn’t really mean anything, that in fact, it was just a day off of school work and a day they didn’t really have to do anything, just walk around the college campus with their friends.

Though, it’s important for the student to have in mind during the college visits to really explore the campus outside of just the tour and think about if they genuinely see themselves in attending this university or college. It’s like getting a glimpse of what life will be like for the next four years.

College visits further help students open their eyes in how college life and community differs from the high school community. The realization of getting hit on how ready they are for college and the further responsibilities it will come with. It gives students an idea of what’s really out there and the exploration in order to thrive in the future.