How to Make Your College Visits Memorable

College visits are important as they help students to get a true feel for the atmosphere of a particular college and give them the opportunity to talk with current students and facility. However, they can start to run together and become a little boring. I am here to give you some interesting ideas of how to make your college visits more fun!

  1. University of South Carolina- Columbia, SC, offers a wide variety of fun activities from the state museums to the Congaree National Park. However, a trip to the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is a sure way to relieve the stress of school and college. Whether you choose to spend your time visiting with animals from all over the world or relaxing in one of the many botanical gardens, this excursion will be one you won’t forget!
  2. Clemson-A trip to Clemson would be incomplete without a visit to the famous Esso Club.  Not only will you enjoy great food and good service but also experience the lively atmosphere at Clemson.
  3. Furman- Furman is a unique college in that it is located 15 minutes from downtown Greenville. An ideal afternoon in Greenville would be comprised of a hike around Falls Park on the Reedy followed by dinner at The Lazy Goat. The park is dotted with waterfalls and beautiful flower gardens. At The Lazy Goat, I highly recommend trying the Truffled Pommes Frites.
  4. Wofford– Spartanburg is known for two things: its charming small town vibe and the original location of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. So while you’re here go, doughNUTS.
  5. NC State- If you love ice-cream, then NC State is most defiantly the perfect college for you. On your visit, make sure you stop by Howling Cow. Ice cream from Howling Cow is made on-campus at the Department of Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Science’s Feldmeier Dairy Processing Lab in Schaub Hall. The traditional recipes start with fresh milk and cream from local farms along with top-quality ingredients. You may not remember your visit, but you’ll definitely will remember this delicious frozen treat.
  6. UNC– Whether you identify as a coffee addict, shopaholic, bar hopper, or waffle connoisseur, Franklin Street is definitely worth a visit. Lined with coffee houses, cute boutiques, and the Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe, the infinite amount of adorable shops will make you want to stay in Chapel Hill forever.
  7. Wake Forest– Step back in time at Old Salem. Watch artisans practice trades such as pottery making, tailoring, shoemaking, doctoring, and baking. Enjoy 18th century games and delicious baked goods from the Winkler bakery.
  8. Davidson– What could be more fun than spending an afternoon strolling the streets of Davidson, eating and drinking all sorts of tasty food along the way? After your college tour take a Tour De Food! On this tour you will enjoy fall-off-the-bone ribs at Brickhouse Tavern, fluffy pancakes at Toast, handcrafted sodas at The Soda Shop, decadent sweets at The Sweet Shop, delicious pies from Fuel Pizza, and lastly incredible pasta from Campagnia. Between stops, you will also learn about interesting historical facts about Davidson.
  9. SCAD- Take a break from the college stress and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at The Gryphon Tea Room in Savannah. The Gryphon is the premier café of the Savannah College of Art and Design, so the team room is filled to the brim with beautiful art. Also, SCAD students work in the café, so this would be a great opportunity to meet fellow students.
  10. Washington and Lee- Bored of staying in hotels? Try the Applewood Inn and Llama Trekking! This bed and breakfast features breathtaking mountain views, delicious home cooked breakfasts, comfy beds, and 6 llamas (Jonas, McNally, Stryker, Choas, Happy, and Spunky). If you are a die hard llama lover, the kind owners will let you feed them and take them on walks around the property; if you are not much of a llama enthusiast, you can admire them from a distance.