What Not To Wear: The College Visit

images-3Spring is the perfect time to plan a college visit. When you plan a college visit there are a lot of things to think about. Did you register for your tour? Where will you park when you get there? Will you meet with a professor? Do you have questions to ask your tour guide?

However, the question that seems to stress many students and parents out is what to wear, or in this article’s case – what not to wear on a college visit.

When I worked in college admissions I would often see students (and parents) show up dressed completely unprepared for the day’s events. So, to help you plan for your campus visit keep these tips in mind:

  • Don’t wear uncomfortable shoes. Campus visits require a lot of walking and the last thing you want to worry about is tired feet. Leave those high heels at home.
  • Don’t wear clothing from another college. There is nothing worse as an admissions counselor than to have a prospective student come up to you raving about how much they want to attend your college while wearing the sweatshirt from a peer institution.
  • Don’t wear inappropriate clothing. Watch the holes, ripped clothing, and inappropriate slogans.
  • Don’t wear anything too tight, low-cut or revealing.
  • Don’t overdress. Unless you are doing an interview there is no reason for a suit and tie. Especially in the late spring/summer- you will just be uncomfortable.
  • Don’t forget to check the weather channel. Make sure to dress for the climate and bring layers.

Whenever you are interacting with a college you want to dress to impress, but make sure you are comfortable and ready to brave the elements.

Looking for more college visit tips? Check out our recent blog post on tips for planning spring break college visits.

Cara Ray

About the Author

Cara is a Senior Associate with the firm. She worked for many years as a Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Colorado. She is a leader in the field, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Rocky Mountain Association of College Admission Counselors. A graduate of Colgate University, Cara also earned a Masters in higher education from the University of Denver, specializing in student development.

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