The Dominate Test Prep Podcast

48. Planning Your Campus Visits, with Mary Lanni

August 03, 2021 Brett Ethridge / Dominate Test Prep
The Dominate Test Prep Podcast
48. Planning Your Campus Visits, with Mary Lanni
Show Notes

There's nothing quite like a college campus. Each one is so unique and different -- some in the city, some more rural; some with gothic architecture, some modern; some with a vibrant party scent, others more academic-focused. Like different flavors of ice cream, each campus appeals to different types of people. And that's why it's so important that you visit the campuses of the schools you're planning to apply to see if the particular "flavor" is right for you.

In this episode, educational advisor Mary Lanni of Afford College helps you plan your campus visits so that you have the best possible feel for each school before ultimately choosing the one you want to attend. In our conversation Mary shares:

  • Why it's important to actually visit campus rather than relying on marketing materials, websites, or virtual tours
  • The number of schools you should plan to visit
  • The relative importance of campus visits for undergraduate vs. grad school
  • The ideal timeline for planning your visits
  • Why you should actually plan three (3) visits to each school, the purpose of each, key questions to ask, and things you should do while on campus
  • What to do on an overnight or if you have the opportunity to sit in on a class
  • What to  pay attention to during your visits and how to de-brief afterward
  • Where campus visits factor in to your overall decision of where to attend
  • Tips for getting a sense of a school long-distance (if necessary)
  • And more!

If you haven't yet started planning your campus visits, now is the time. Even if you've already done an initial tour of prospective schools, what Mary shares in this episode may prompt you to think about planning a follow-up visit. Whether you're still in high school or already out in the workforce thinking about graduate school, a campus visit may be just what you need to ensure that you end up in the best-fit college for you. By the end of this show, you'll know how to maximize that visit. Enjoy!


  1. Download a free copy of Afford College's college visits workbook: College Visits from Start to Finish. Note: This guide is normally reserved for paying clients, but Afford College has generously made it available as a bonus for listeners of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast. Please respect their copyright and don't share, distribute, or reproduce this workbook. Thank you!
  2. Connect with Mary Lanni at Afford.College
  3. Boost your standardized test scores with Dominate Test Prep's industry-leading prep courses


If you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other relevant episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:

  1. Episode 34: How to Determine Where to Apply, with Linda Abraham
  2. Episode 45:

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