Everyone loves to visit colleges. It helps you get a feel for a campus and a community, see if you'd be willing to spend four years of your life somewhere, and is generally fun. Since I work in the Campus Visit Office for the College of Arts and Sciences, I thought I would write a post on helpful tips for visiting Oberlin. Many other bloggers have blogged with advice for visiting campus. Read those blogs. I am by no means the expert on this topic. I do have a somewhat unique perspective, having worked three different student jobs in the Office of Admissions for the College of Arts and Sciences.
This will be the first part of a four-part series. This section is dedicated to planning your visit before arriving on campus. Part two will have more details on what you can do once you're on campus. Part three will be dedicated to helpful advice on how to get the most out of your tour and interview. Part four will have details on what you can do outside of an admissions office while on campus.
The important part about planning your visit is to actually plan your visit. Know what we offer beforehand and have a nice little schedule set up for yourself. It will make your visit approximately 5.6 million times more enjoyable. That's a rough estimate.
First, figure out what you're interested in. Are you looking at the College of Arts and Sciences? The Conservatory of Music? Both? Knowing this is important.
Now that you've established which option you're interested in, let me point you in the direction of our website. Oberlin's website is approximately 4.78 billion times more helpful than when I was a prospective student (again, a rough estimate) and contains SO much helpful information. Here are some links!
See! Helpful information. The College of Arts and Sciences (from this point on, referred to as "the college") has a handy dandy campus visit calendar that tells you exactly what our office offers each and every day. Make sure we're offering what you want when you're planning to visit!
So, that's step one. Well, steps one and two, actually. Onto step three!
I've taken the liberty of putting together tentative itineraries for your visit based on your interests. Please note that these times are not definite and your individual schedule will vary. It's really only to give you an idea of how much you can accomplish in a short period of time. I'll have more details on all of these options in parts two and three of this series.
Interested in the college 9am: Visit a class 10am: Tour campus 11:15am: Have an interview 11:45am: Have lunch on campus or downtown 12:30pm: Take a Science Tour (usually only on Fridays and Mondays - check the calendar! Also, only do this if you're interested in the sciences) 1:30pm: Attend an information session 2:30pm: Visit a class 3:30pm: Explore on your own (more on this in part 2!) 4:30pm: Meet your overnight host 6:00pm: Have dinner with your host Evening: Attend awesome events on campus. Check out the events calendar!
Interested in the conservatory 9am: Visit a class 10am: Have a lesson with a professor (their visit page has more details on this) 11am: Attend an information session and take a tour of the Conservatory 12pm: Have lunch on campus or downtown 1:30pm: Visit a class/have a lesson 2:30pm: Explore on your own 4:30pm: Meet your overnight host (scheduled through the admissions office for the College) 6:00pm: Have dinner with your host Evening: Attend awesome events on campus. Check out the events calendar!
Interested in both 9:00am: Have an interview in the college's admissions office. 10:00am: Tour the college 11:00am: Attend an information session and tour of the conservatory 12:00pm: Have lunch on campus or downtown 12:30pm: Take a science tour (usually only on Fridays and Mondays - check the calendar! Also, only do this if you're interested in the sciences) 1:30pm: Attend an information session for the college 2:30pm: Visit a class 3:30pm: Explore on your own 4:30pm: Meet your overnight host 6:00pm: Have dinner with your host Evening: Attend awesome events on campus. Check out the events calendar!
I like schedules...can you tell? But see! There's time for pretty much everything! The beauty about knowing schedules beforehand is being able to plan. It's quite wonderful, really.
Now, I know that you probably have a billion questions about all of these options. Fear ye not! I will try to address most of them in part two. I'm dividing the parts of this post because, otherwise, it would go on forever and ever.
Part Two: While on campus...coming soon!
Oh! I need a quote. Hmm. This quote idea of mine clearly isn't catching on, but being stubborn, I shall continue it. How about this one?
"We're like the Island of Misfit Toys, but together we make a great toy chest." - Anonymous Oberlin Student