15 Tips for the Best Visit
You have a big choice ahead of you—picking a college isn’t easy. Learning about your options online is important, but nothing beats visiting a campus and getting a feel for its energy—students, professors, staff, and atmosphere.
By following these helpful tips, you’ll be sure to get the full Truman experience on your visit so you can make an informed choice about the place you’ll one day call your alma mater.
- Use the website to map your visit. It will help give you an idea of what you want to pursue further while you’re on campus.
- Ask questions—lots of them. It even helps to make a list before you arrive so you make sure to hit all the important topics while you’re here.
- Go on an official campus tour. You’ll get to see all the highlights of campus, and your student ambassador will be happy to tell you anything you’d like to know about Truman.
- Walk around campus on your own. You’ll be able to take more time at the places you saw on the tour and will even be able to explore areas where the tour didn’t take you. This will also give you some much-needed time for reflection about everything you’re seeing and doing on your visit.
- Take lots of pictures and notes. College visits can be overwhelming, especially when you’re going on a lot of them. Keeping a record of your visit will help you remember what you saw, where you saw it, and what you thought about it at the time. This can be invaluable when you’re making your enrollment decision later.
- Meet with an admissions counselor. They can tell you all sorts of information about Truman, including answering questions about the application process, financial aid, and student life.
- Talk to current students. They’re your greatest resource for getting an insider’s perspective about what it’s like to be a Bulldog.
- Sit in on a class of interest to get a feel for what it’s like to major in a subject you find intriguing.
- Speak with a professor who teaches in a subject you’re considering for a major to learn more about that field, what you’ll cover in your classes, and what a degree in that field can do for you when you graduate.
- Pick up some food at a dining hall, Mainstreet Market, Jazzman’s Café, Freshens, or the Truman convenience store to get a taste of the campus cuisine.
- Take notice of the posters and bulletin boards around campus to get an idea about the kinds of activities that happen throughout the year.
- Pick up a copy of the student newspaper, The Index, to tap into students’ voices and perspectives on all things Truman.
- Stay overnight in a residence hall and live like a Truman student for a day.
- Attend a sporting event and cheer on the Bulldogs in one of our NCAA Division II sports.
- Explore Kirksville by shopping downtown, touring area parks and attractions, and eating at a local restaurant to sample what the area offers students and residents.