7 Ways to Make College Visits More Fun

4. Take a picture with every statue you pass by.

Many colleges pride themselves on the beauty of their campuses, and sure enough, you’ll most likely pass by a few pieces of art during the tour. Take a photo with each statue and recreate its pose. Ever wonder what those statues are thinking? For even more fun, try to duplicate the facial expression of the statues as well. Say cheese—or, if you visit the University of California, Davis (above), say, “egghead!”

5. Visit a filming location from your favorite college movies.

Did you know that some of Hollywood’s greatest movies about college were actually filmed on real college campuses? If you’re headed to the University of Southern California, stop at the Bovard Administration Building to see where Reese Witherspoon’s character pretends to have dated David, the nerd in Legally Blonde, and channel your inner Elle. At Louisiana State University, check out the empty pool where Beca attends her first riff-off with the Bellas in Pitch Perfect at the Huey P. Long Natatorium. You can also see where Jesse Eisenberg’s character in The Social Network runs across the Keyser and Wyman quads on the Homewood campus at Johns Hopkins University.

6. Ask each student about his or her favorite class.

Most college tour guides will fill you in on all the positives, but where can you really get the 411 on your new school? The best part about talking to current collegiettes is the fact that they’ll give you brutally honest answers. Ask every current student you meet on the tour what he or she thinks is the best class he or she has taken and why. You’ll receive a different answer each time, and you’ll get an idea of what the courses are like from a collegiette’s perspective. This way you can hear about some great personal experiences and maybe even meet a campus cutie while also learning what kinds of courses are offered.

7. Attend an event afterwards.

When colleges offer tours, they usually stick to the same routine—dining hall, library, dorm rooms… yeah, we get it! Stick around after the tour is over and go to an on-campus event. This can be as rowdy as a basketball game or as simple as a sorority fundraiser. You’ll get to talk to a lot of students and get a feel for the campus outside of class. After all, class is only part of your college experience!


On your next college visit, try out some of these tips to keep from zoning out. Chances are you’ll find interesting places or things you normally wouldn’t have, which could either make or break your top college choices!