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Being asked by a coach to come to campus on an official visit is a great opportunity. If a coach asks you to come for an official visit, then you are most likely a top prospect for that school. Enjoy the experience and be proud of your accomplishments.
Here is the official definition of an official visit: Any visit to a college that is paid for by the university. You and your parents will have your transportation to and from the college paid for. Also paid for by the college will be your hotel, meals and entertainment expenses. Generally, you will receive three free tickets to that college’s home game the weekend you are in town. Each official visit can last up to 48 hours.
You can have up to 5 total official visits, so you need to make the most of each one. Here are some things you should do on your visit that you might otherwise overlook:
- Meet with the academic advisor
- Sit in on a class to be sure you are comfortable with the classroom atmosphere
- Go out with team members
- Watch the team play or practice
When you go to a college campus whether the visit is official or non-official, soak it all in. Visit the student union. Talk with students about college life. Get a real feel for the atmosphere. Your college decision isn’t a four year decision, it’s a 40 year decision.