A Tour Can Help You Make Your College Decision
It is the season for a campus tour. Many of you have already visited a multitude of schools, but now that the verdicts are in; decisions have to be made. Therefore, this tour should look different as it should point out the pertinent things that will help your students make their final decision as to which school to attend. Of course, my daughter loves being a Knight, but your students may have specific things that will help them weigh out the pros and cons of each college.
Go with a list of questions, but not the kind of questions that you can just google an answer to. Don’t be shy about asking them of your tour guide, financial advisor, a specific department or even students hanging out near the fountain or in Knightros. They can be your greatest resources.
For instance; how important is Greek life to your student? I always recommend students try to get a tour of a sorority or fraternity house if they envision rushing when they get to college. In order to do so, they will have to find someone who knows someone that can get you in. Perhaps you have a friend whose daughter or son is a member of a sorority or fraternity. Reach out to them before going. There are not Greek life tours, but you can certainly take a quick drive through Greek Park. However, on a side note, do not let the condition of some of the frat houses scare you should you get into one. Some are off-campus. The boys tend to be much happier than their living conditions may reflect.
If your student has a health condition that makes having specific health center capabilities nearby of great importance; go check it out. Call in advance to tour the facility. PS. There is a pharmacy there as well. One of the great things about UCF is definitely the dorms. They are newer, nice, and many allow students to have their own room and/or live in apartment-style. To tour the dorms sign up here.
To go on a 90-minute campus tour led by a UCF ambassador, you can sign up here.
Through the Knight for A Day campus tour, you can learn about the application process, academic programs, and financial aid at UCF. This tour is about 6 hours. The UCF RWC – the big gym – is super impressive. The state of the art facility, including the smaller gym near the Arena, is worth checking out, even if you aren’t a fitness enthusiast. If you have a major in mind, do your research; set an appointment to speak with an advisor in that department. What programs do they offer? If you’re religious, be sure to check out the student organizations around campus. There is a Hillel and Catholic Center right across campus, among others. Around 10 minutes from campus is Waterford Lakes. This plaza has pretty much any type of store you can think of and dozens of restaurants. Having this all so close is truly convenient.
You may want to visit the registrar’s office to be sure that your credits would transfer from any AP, AICE, or dual enrollment classes too. The UCF Athletics department has grown so much in the past few years. Our football team won the Peach Bowl last year and made it all the way to the Fiesta Bowl this year. In spring the basketball team also just placed third in the AAC conference! Sports can be a big part of college and UCF has all of this! Take a peek at UCF’s beautiful sports facilities.
If you were accepted to the Burnett Honors College, definitely be sure to make this one of your stops at UCF. The program is slightly more rigorous so be sure it will be a good fit. The students in this program offer sessions to share their experiences and answer questions. For more information. There really is no better way to get a sense of how you truly feel about a college until you step foot on campus. Just don’t step on the seal in the middle of the Student Union, because according to the UCF students; this will give you bad luck!
You can find a wide range of campus tours on the UCF Youtube channel.
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