If you’re applying to boarding school, most likely you’ll schedule an appointment to visit the school. Whether you schedule a private visit or you attend an Open House event, spending time on campus helps you get a feeling for what life is like at a boarding school. One great way to do is with the campus tour. Here’s what to expect:
You’ll meet students and faculty.
Often, your boarding school tour will be led by a current student. This gives you a chance to meet and interact with someone who knows what it’s like to live on campus. Take advantage of this opportunity to ask your tour guide questions. Make sure the admission office knows a little about you, as they can often pair you with a student who shares similar interests and can speak about the programs that interest you, such as arts, sciences, or athletics. If you visit at a time when classes aren’t in session, be sure to ask if you’ll have a chance to meet any current students.
Assuming you visit during the academic day, you’ll likely pop into a classroom or two, and see what the learning environment is like. Some schools will even give you a chance to sit in on classes, so make sure to ask if that is something you’d like to do, especially if there’s a particular class you’re interested in seeing. You can inquire about meeting athletic coaches or art teachers if you’re passionate about a particular sport or art form.
You’ll visit the buildings.
Most boarding schools have large campuses, and classes usually are divided between different buildings. You can expect to visit academic classrooms, a dorm room, dining hall, the library, the main athletics building, and a student center. Wear comfortable shoes, as these buildings can be spread out (you might want to check out this blog on what to wear for your boarding school interview).
If you have specific places you want to see on campus, such as the baseball field or digital photography studio, make sure you ask in advance so it’s on your agenda. Some schools, like Cheshire Academy, have athletic facilities that require a bit more time to view than a typical campus tour. For example, students who are interested in seeing our tennis courts, ropes course, or softball and baseball fields, need to specify those interests as they require a longer tour than normal.
You’ll get a taste of daily life.
Touring the campus, seeing the routes that students take to get to classes, the dining hall, dorms, and practices, can give you an idea of what life is like on campus. Take the time to see if you can imagine yourself walking down those hallways and sidewalks, running across the athletic fields, and relaxing in the dorms and student centers.
The boarding school tour is your chance to get to know the campus community, so be sure to talk to admission about what you want to see and do during your visit.