You’re getting ready to go on a college visit. Maybe it’s your first. Or maybe it’s your fourth, sixth, or even your tenth. Whatever the case, college visits are exciting, and maybe a little overwhelming sometimes, too. We’ve all been there, so let us give you some tips to help ease the process and make the most of each visit!
1. Follow COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines.
Check on the rules and guidelines of the university. Mercer follows social distancing guidelines and requires all of our campus guests to participate in a temperature check upon arrival and wear a mask for the entirety of your visit. Your safety is our priority!
Tip: Check the admissions website for an outline of Mercer’s COVID-19 visitation updates.
2. Check the weather.
Don’t end up like Stitch here and get caught in the rain! Make sure you check the weather on the morning of your visit so you can come prepared. If there’s a chance of rain, bring your raincoat just in case. Wear shorts if it’s going to be hot day, or bring a warm jacket if there’s a chill in the air. You will always enjoy campus more if you are prepared for the weather and dress accordingly.
Tip: If you visit Mercer on a rainy day, we’ve got you covered. All guests are welcome to use our Mercer umbrellas and ponchos.
3. Wear comfy shoes.
We all want to look good on college visits. But remember…visiting a college campus means LOTS of walking. Our advice? Wear a comfortable pair of shoes. Comfort is always better.
Tip: Don’t worry – your admission decision is NOT based on your shoe choice.
4. Come with questions.
You know you have questions. Don’t be afraid to ask them! Here are some good questions to ask: What do you do for fun? Do a lot of students go home on the weekends? How often do you go off campus? How much time do you spend studying? At Mercer, our Student Admissions Team members love answering questions about the University, no matter how random they may seem.
Tip: Think of some questions beforehand and write them down so you don’t forget to ask. If you think of a question after you leave campus, call the admissions office or email your admissions counselor. We love to answer your questions!
5. Observe the campus culture.
This could be your home for the next four years, so make sure you vibe with the campus. Ask questions about clubs, organizations, or majors you want to be involved with. At Mercer, we deeply value our community atmosphere, and we know you’ll be able to feel that from the moment you step on campus. Mercer offers a little something for everyone, so it’s almost impossible not to find your place here.
Tip: Follow campus organizations (and @MercerNow) on social media. This will help you get a feel for everything happening at Mercer!
6. Talk to current students.
When visiting a college, you’re meeting so much more than just the campus. Talk to current students, especially your tour guide. Odds are, you will probably forget some of the facts they share, but you will NOT forget how your tour guide makes you feel or the stories they tell.
7. Take Notes.
This does not have to be with a pen and paper. You can use the notes app on your phone, or make some mental notes. Just remember what stands out about a school and how you felt interacting with its students. You’re probably going to visit multiple schools, so don’t let them all run together.
Tip: Take photos! If you see or hear something you like, snap a pic. This will help you remember.
8. Explore the city beyond the college campus.
Not only is it important to like your college campus, but you should also like your surrounding city. Try to find the local visitors bureau, or ask your tour guide for recommendations on places to explore around town. When you visit Mercer, you’ll find much more to explore because our hometown of Macon is a pretty great place to live! Macon is full of delicious restaurants, historical sites, and outdoor trails/parks. Check out our blog to see 21 things to add to your Macon bucket list!
Tip: Stay in town and go to dinner at a local restaurant. We recommend grabbing a burger at the Rookery or a slice of pizza at Jag’s Pizzeria. Make sure to follow COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions.
9. Talk to your admissions counselor.
Your admissions counselor is a great resource. Admissions counselors are experts on their schools and can assist with your college search. At Mercer, your counselor can help set up a visit with a professor or arrange for you to sit in on a class. They know all about campus organizations and academics, and some of them event went to Mercer themselves!
Tip: Build a relationship with your counselor. Communication throughout the admissions and financial aid process will help you with your college decision.
Schedule your visit to Mercer.
Haven’t visited Mercer yet? What are you waiting for? Register for one of our many campus visit events!
Campus Tour – Available Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m., our daily campus tour begins with a brief presentation that includes an overview of Mercer, the admissions process, academics, student life, and financial aid, followed by a student-led walking tour of campus. The combined presentation and campus tour is approximately two hours and will begin and end at the Emily Parker Myers Admissions and Welcome Center.
Saturday Showcase – Open to high school seniors and one guest, our Saturday Showcase features a student-led campus tour, faculty and student panel, an opportunity to connect with admissions counselors, and more.
Counselor Connection – Open to high school seniors and one guest, Counselor Connection features a student-led campus tour, current Mercer student Q&A, an opportunity to connect with admissions counselors, and more.