The following information was included in an email that was forwarded to me. It is presented so well, that I am copying it word for word for students and parents. Unfortunately, I'm unsure of whom to give credit for the information.
Much can be accomplished with a college visit or two. Seniors are given two college days and juniors are allowed one. I would suggest following the steps provided in this article to have the best experience with a college visit.
1. Call the Admissions Office - the student should do this since he or she will be the one attending.
2. Set up a day to visit - some colleges have special "Visit Days" they may suggest you attend. You both need to decide what you would prefer, a day in a small group to tour, or a day packed with freshman tour activities.
3. Check with your School Counselor - many high schools will excuse a college visit or two but there is paperwork to do before you go so ask your school counselor about college visit requirements.
4. Length can vary - you can set up a tour that is half day, full day, includes an overnight stay in the dorms, or is on a weekend. It is up to you and when the college has available dates.
5. Make sure the college is in session when you schedule your visit - it really does you no good to visit a college if the students aren't there.
6. Arrange to tour the department of your major - maybe even set up a meeting with a professor.
Things you may want to experience on the visit:
*Tour the campus
*Tour the dorms - not just the nice, new ones either! Make sure you see all your dorm options while visiting.
*Eat the cafeteria food - It should be delicious!
*Talk with someone who is an actual student and not your tour guide - tour guides know exactly what to say. Talk to a regular student to get the real deal.
*Visit your Major's Department - You may have to schedule this way in advance and typically when you make this arrangement you can also sit in on a class and meet a professor or Teacher's Assistant.
*Drive around the town - become familiar with the life and activities around the town you may be living in for the next 4 years.