College Visits can help you decide whether or not a campus is a good fit for you. They are also a way for you to demonstrate your interest in attending a school.
- Contact a school's admissions department a few weeks before you visit to schedule a tour
- If you schedule a visit through a different department, be sure to stop by admissions before you leave and tell them about it so that your visit can be noted in your file.
- JUNIORS are allowed 2 college visits in the spring
- SENIORS are allowed 2 college visits before May 1st
College Visit Process
ONE: Complete a College Visit form (available in the guidance office at Westlake; it's on purple paper)
TWO: Get signatures from your teachers and from your counselor.*
THREE: Trade in the purple form for a green College Visit Verification form in the College and Career Center)
FOUR: Get the green form signed while on your visit (hint: this is the proof you will provide Westlake that you were actually on a college visit)
FIVE: Turn the green form into the Attendance Office.
* If you are requesting additional college visits, you will need permission from your assistant principal for it to be coded as a college visit instead of an excused absence.
College Reps at Westlake
Westlake is fortunate to have a large number of college representatives visit our campus to meet with students. Representatives from a wide array of schools all over the country set up in the College and Career Center throughout the school year.
If you add colleges you are interested in to your Naviance account, you will be notified when representatives from those school are on campus. You can then sign up to visit with them and print a pass to leave class.
A list of colleges who have reps on campus is posted daily on a white board outside the College and Career Center.
Don't miss this easy opportunity to ask questions and get to know college reps.
Questions to Ask on a College Visit
Before visiting a college, it can be helpful to make a list of questions that you think are important to have answered. Below are links to various lists that might help inspire your own questions:
- CollegeBoard's Big Future Campus Visit Checklist
- ACT's Questions to Ask on a Campus Visit
- US News and World Report: 36 Questions to Ask on a College Visit
- Tough Questions to Ask on Your College Visit
- The Essential Campus Visit Question List