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. 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 a 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 dressed 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.
2. 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!
3. 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 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!
4. 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 pride ourselves on 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. They post about all their big events, which can help you get a feel for everything happening at Mercer!
5. 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.
Tip: Come to a Saturday Preview! This will give you the opportunity to chat with Mercer students and professors.
6. 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 about something you like, snap a pic. This will help you remember.
7. 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 the city’s website for more ideas of fun things to do.
Tip: Stay in town and go to dinner at a local restaurant. Just ask your tour guide for a recommendation.
8. Eat on campus.
If you have the opportunity, grab a bite to eat at a dining spot on campus. You can taste test the food on campus and observe the social experience at the same time. Mercer has so many different dining options that it’s hard not to find something you like. We recommend the Farmers Market or the nearby Food Court in the University Center. You could also check out Mercer Village for a quick bite after your tour.
Tip: If you need a snack for the road, see how many cookies you can fit in a to-go cup. We hear the campus record is 12!
9. Talk to your admissions counselor.
Your admissions counselor is a great resource. Admissions counselors are experts on their schools and can assist you 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 even went to Mercer themselves!
Tip: Build a relationship with your counselor. Communicating throughout the admissions and financial aid process will help you with your college decision.
10. Stay overnight!
Need more than just one day? See if the school offers an overnight program where you can experience a day in the life of a student. At Mercer, we’ve got you covered with our Day and Night program! If you register for one of these events, you will be paired with a first-year student host who has similar interests to you. Enjoy dinner in Mercer Village and experience campus life for yourself. In the morning, eat breakfast on campus and then catch a morning class of your choice. These events are fun and can give you so much insight into life at Mercer.
Tip: Sign up early. Day and Night events are popular, so they fill up fast!
11. Check out an event.
While you’re on campus, make time to attend an athletic event, or see if there’s something happening on campus that you can check out. If you’re coming to Mercer, check the Bears’ schedule or ask a student about fun events happening when you visit.
Tip: Spend some time on Cruz Plaza. It’s a beautiful green space in the heart of campus where there’s almost always something going on.
Schedule your visit to Mercer.
Haven’t visited Mercer yet? What are you waiting for? Register today for one of our many campus visit events!
Daily Tour: All year, we offer tours Monday-Friday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tours typically last about two hours, including a 30-minute presentation from an admissions counselor followed by a walking tour of campus with your student guide. A tour is a great way to see and learn about Mercer.
Saturday Tour: Offered once a month, the Saturday Tour offers the same experience as a Daily Tour – except on a Saturday. If you can’t miss school, this could be a great option for you.
Saturday Preview: With multiple options in the fall and spring, Saturday Preview provides the chance to hear from and talk to students, faculty, and staff. In addition, you can sit in on academic and campus life presentations, take a campus tour, and even see a first-year residence hall. There will also be a “Bear Bazaar” where you can speak to department heads about specific majors and minors, or learn from student representatives about how to get involved in campus organizations.
Day and Night: Just for high school seniors, Mercer Day and Night gives a firsthand look into life as a Mercer student. Spend the night in a Mercer residence hall, eat breakfast on campus, and attend a class. Plus, choose from several restaurants for a yummy dinner in Mercer Village!