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Your Guide to College Visit Etiquette

September 22, 2017
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    Danny Smith

by Danny Smith ’18, Sociology major and Gender Studies minor from Cambridge, NY

It’s that time of year! You may be gearing up to visit us here at Purchase College (and other college campuses, too). If you’re hoping to join us for an info session, event, or campus tour (perhaps with yours truly), here are some “do’s” and “dont’s” so that you can get the most out of your experience.


  • Yell or talk loudly in academic buildings or residence halls. No matter when you come for your tour, there are students here (even if they can’t be seen)- taking classes, sleeping, and just hanging out.
  • Talk while your tour guide is talking! It’s very distracting for us and for the other people on your tour. You’re all here to learn about Purchase College, and when you talk over us you’re missing out on valuable information. Let us help you get all of the info you came for by being an active listener. 
  • Ask questions that have to do with drugs, alcohol, partying, or other topics you wouldn’t discuss with professional staff. We know you may have genuine questions about these topics because you or your family is trying to discern if the college is a good fit for you, but your Admissions Ambassador is a professional representative of the college and can’t answer many of these types of questions. It may also cause awkwardness for others participating in the visit, since underage drinking is  illegal  and therefore not something we condone or which is appropriate to discuss on tours. It is, however, totally fair to ask about Purchase College culture and what resources we have on campus, as well as all of the programming and activity that happens on a daily basis that doesn’t involve drugs or alcohol, because there’s a lot to talk about! A question we get all the time is “Do you stay here on weekends and is there anything to do?” The short answer: YES. The long answer: you’ll have to come on a tour to find out! 



  • Come with lots of questions! Speaking of questions… Questions make the tour more interesting for us and for you. We want to give you the information you need and want, not just what’s in the “script!” At Purchase, we’re all about personalizing the experience and making it unique for you.
  • Help us out. We are here to help you. Please help us in return by letting us know if we’re about to walk into something (walking backwards is hard!), asking for clarification if you don’t understand something, and listening when we speak. Let us know if you can’t hear us, too!
  • Dress comfortably for the experience. We recommend close-toed shoes and weather-appropriate clothing and jackets. You’ll be outside and on your feet for the better part of an hour, and we want you to be comfortable! 
  • Think wide open! Purchase is a safe space. It’s a school where no one is too weird, and thinking outside the box is not only allowed, but encouraged. Come with an open mind and your tour will be that much better. We can’t wait to see you!