Each semester, a fresh group of individuals can be seen walking around the Lincoln Land Community College campus, visiting with faculty and staff or checking out the facilities. Many of these individuals are new students, but some are not … yet.
They are what we call “prospective students,” comparison shoppers if you will, visiting LLCC to determine if we fit their needs, and if they feel they “fit” here. We highly encourage this. Attending a Campus Visit Day (the next one at LLCC is Feb. 16) or taking a personal or group tour are great ways to narrow down your college/university selection. There are a number of factors that go into choosing a college or university. Some of your first questions when visiting a college should be:
- What is the cost to attend?
- What are the specific types of degrees and certificates offered?
- What help is available to help me select classes? Choose a major? Succeed in college?
- What types of classrooms/labs/equipment/study and hangout areas are available?
- What financial aid and scholarships can help me pay for college?
Many prospective students, whether they are getting ready to graduate from high school, or graduated “several years ago,” may know they want to attend college, but are undecided on a program. Some individuals may have an idea of what area(s) they would like to study. A campus tour or attending a campus visit event may help them arrive at a decision. Understanding the different types of programs/degrees a college or university offers, as well as the ease of moving from one program to another if the individual changes his or her major, play an important role in any decision process.
When comparing colleges/universities, often it may come down to factors such as tuition and fees, nearness to home, access to campus, parking, campus technology and support services such as academic advising and tutoring. Check all of these out when visiting a college.
At LLCC, we know the importance of a campus visit, and are always excited to show prospective students the opportunities and options they have to continue their education with the help of our excellent staff and faculty and state-of-the-art learning facilities. Numerous times we hear the comment from visitors, “this campus has so much more than I expected!”
LLCC offers three Campus Visit Days each year, in the fall, spring and summer sessions. These events are designed to give prospective students and their guests an opportunity to learn and ask questions about our admission, financial aid, registration and support services. We also provide group tours of our facilities, including the Workforce Careers Center, which opened in 2012.
Throughout the year, prospective students and small groups may also schedule personal tours for a specific program area or focus. Many of these tours are for local business leaders and organizations wanting to learn more about our facilities, and students as they plan for future growth and innovation.
We invite anyone with an interest in attending LLCC, along with their families, to Campus Visit Day Monday, Feb. 16. We have morning and evening sessions for your convenience. Register for the event at www.llcc.edu/campus-visit-day or call 217.786.2577.