Campus visits can be exciting and scary at the same time. The first time you visit a campus, it seems like college is a whole new world. It is usually a bigger campus than your high school’s, and your mind has a lot of uncertainties about what to expect. How do you get from one place to the next? How do the dorms work? Do you have to live in dorms? How far is the dorm from your classes or the practice and playing facilities?
There are differences between official and unofficial visits, but, for the most part, you can find almost everything you need on either.
Since COVID-19 hit America, the college experience and the recruiting process have changed dramatically.
Whether your experience is mostly virtual or mostly in person, the basic question remains: Is this the place for you?
Here are some ways to get your questions answered while on campus visits and to make sure you have the opportunity to see all the things that will matter to you as a freshman student athlete.
Here are some of the things you should see on campus visits. There may be more depending on your major and your sport.
You can tell a lot about a team by observing team members on campus visits, both in and outside of practice. Here are some things to look for.
Sometimes watching another team practice can be boring because you are not playing yourself. However, you can learn a lot about practice. Here are some things to watch for.
Spending time on campus visits with coaches can seem less fun than spending time with the team, but the coaches are extremely important as they will make a lot of the decisions around your college experience. You can gather a lot of information just by asking questions and holding a conversation with them. Here are some examples.
Even though you will be spending a lot of time with your teammates, coaches and your sport, the campus and the community are very important to your college experience. Here are some things to think about.
Be grateful that you have the opportunity to visit colleges and possibly play sports in college. This should be a fun, enjoyable experience, even though you are working hard to identify the pros and cons of attending. Here are some things to remember.
As you are having fun and as you move around from place to place and from person to person on a campus visit, learn as much as you can. This is your potential future.
This very well could be your future team.
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Taking unofficial visits is important in the recruiting process.