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College and University Campus Visits

Scheduling campus visits at colleges and universities you are interested in is an important step when determining what school is a good fit for you, both socially and academically. It is best to visit when classes are in session and to make the most of each visit by arriving with a prepared list of questions in hand. [Suggested list of questions - print this list and take with you on your campus visit]

Additional tips to rock your college visits:

  • Take a campus tour, check out different housing options and tour areas surrounding campus.
  • Schedule a visit with the financial aid office to discuss costs and financing options.
    Sit in on a class on a subject that interest you.
  • Talk to a professor in y our field of study or major.
  • Ask current students about campus life and what they do on the weekends.
    Read the campus newspaper.
  • Visit with advisors and members of activites and clubs that interest you.
  • Document each visit, including any feelings you have during the visit, to help you find the right fit.
Mileage Reimbursement
NOTE: Mileage reimbursement for college visits is capped at 300 miles total round trip. Other travel expenses like meals and lodging associated with a college visit ARE NOT reimbursable expenses.

To be reimbursed for mileage, the College/University Visit Travel Form, the State of Iowa Travel Payment Form and a Form W-9 must be completed. Mileage reimbursement @ $.565/mile (Federal Mileage Reimbursement Rate as of January 1, 2013)